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Family members react to murder trial postponement

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Family members of 8-year-old Khalil Singleton were ready to face the suspects accused of murdering him in court, but they will have to wait longer now after a judge ruled to continue the cases separately based on new evidence discovered earlier this week.

It's been almost two years since Khalil Singleton was fatally shot in the crossfire between the three defendants outside of his grandmother's 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," said Katrina Singleton.

Singleton couldn't fight back tears while talking about her son. The indefinite postponement of his murder trial was not the ideal news the family wanted to hear on Wednesday.

"[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." Singleton said. "That's all I want."

The new evidence consisted of three recordings taken from deputy patrol cars which may shed light on Aaron Young, Sr.'s statements that the sheriff's office coerced him into helping with the investigation.

The Solicitor's Office would not disclose how they would use the evidence, but it does mean all three defendants will now go on trial individually for their murder charges.

"There's not going to be any change in circumstance, it's just as if we have not picked a jury," said 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone. "We'll start all over again."

No matter what, Singleton said she wants people to remember her son the way she does.

"Very sweet … caring … happy … loved to play … he was my little boy," she said.

Although he's no longer here, he'll always have a special place in his mother's heart.

"Right here, he's always here."

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

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