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Prosecutors request separate trials for shooting suspects

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A judge has postponed the trial of three men accused of murdering an 8-year old boy in the Lowcountry.

Tyrone Robinson, Aaron Young Sr. and Jr. all face murder charges in the Sept. 1, 2012 death of Khalil Singleton.

The state asked to continue the trial and separate them because of new evidence found late Monday. Authorities said they discovered three recordings from some of the patrol cars.

The tapes may affect Aaron Young Sr.'s statements saying he was coerced by the sheriff's office to help with the investigation.

An expert witness that's been retained needs to have time to review those tapes.

The Solicitor's Office said they may or may not use the new evidence, but now they will start all over because they need to restructure their case since all three were originally going to be tried together.

"These things happen, I've been doing this for a long time and we've seen a number of cases in every jurisdiction in South Carolina that get continued…at the last minute," 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said. 

Robinson objected to the state's request saying he's ready to go to trial.

Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper overruled his objection.

Investigators say Kahlil was fatally shot during crossfire while playing outside his grandmother's Allen Road home on Hilton Head Island.

His mother, Katrina, said it's been painful but in the end, she just wants justice for her little boy.

"You know I can always see his smile, I can always see the joy in him," she said. 

Katrina couldn't fight back tears while talking about her son. The indefinite postponement of Khalil's murder trial was not the ideal news they wanted to hear.

"I was kind of upset about it but now that I know it's for the best…through all of this, I just want justice and I just want peace so I can move on with my life, that's all I want," she said. 

There is no word yet on when the trials will be, but the Solicitor's Office said it should not take very long to restructure their case.  

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