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Trial in Hernando walker's beating likely to be delayed

Once a frequent walker, John Kelly went home from a rehab hospital in January, three months after being beaten.

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Once a frequent walker, John Kelly went home from a rehab hospital in January, three months after being beaten.

BROOKSVILLE — The trial of one of two men accused of brutally beating John Kelly, known locally as "the walker,'' is expected to be delayed this morning by a judge until next month, according to attorneys involved with the case.

Jamie Lynn Tyson, 18, and Michael Vann, 24, are scheduled to stand trial this week on charges of attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence for their roles in the September 2007 attack.

A third defendant, Anthony Hawkins, 18, took a plea with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony in the remaining cases.

Kelly, 49, of Weeki Wachee, gained a measure of local fame over the years because of his penchant for walking everywhere. He was a frequent traveler along area highways until he was attacked as he walked along Cortez Boulevard after withdrawing $100 from an ATM on Sept. 19, 2007.

Tyson was expected to go on trial today, but his attorney, Frank Bankowitz of Orlando, said Tuesday that a hearing will be held this morning before Circuit Judge Steven Rushing on certain evidentiary issues. He declined to go into details about those issues.

Rushing will ultimately decide whether to delay the trial.

Trial in Hernando walker's beating likely to be delayed 12/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:03pm]
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