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Trial Scheduled for Murder Suspect

(Michigan City, IN) - A trial date has been set for a man who allegedly shot two people within minutes of each other in Michigan City.


Joshua Cornelison, 40, of Michigan City is charged with murder and attempted murder in La Porte Superior Court 1 for the July 13 shootings.


He is also charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.


Aaron Luncsford, 39, died from a gunshot wound to the head suffered inside a residence at 1116 Buffalo St, according to court documents.


According to court documents, Cornelison rang the doorbell and Luncsford after coming to the door was shot.


Paul Jones was inside a parked car when shot in the neck outside his home at 116 W. Homer St.


About one-hour later, police said officers were called to The River of Life Church at 516 Decatur Street.


A basement door was kicked-in and Cornelison found inside was taken into custody at gunpoint.


Police said Cornelison bared a strong resemblance to the tattooed and scruffy looking man described as the suspect in both shootings.


He was also riding a red Harley Davidson motorcycle described as the vehicle spotted where both of the shootings occurred.


According to court documents, Cornelison told investigators he went to the church to shoot the pastor he remembered as a child.


The pastor, though, was no longer alive.


Cornelison also revealed he was going to kill another man next but police showed up before he left the church, according to court documents.


Police said a motive was not clear.


Cornelison, though, cried while stating “these people probably did nothing wrong,” according to court documents.


He was appointed a public defender and ordered to remain held without bond during his initial court hearing on July 20.


Cornelison was also given a December 20 trial date.

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