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Published: Tuesday, 6/26/2007

Murder trial delayed for last Toledo slaying in 2006

The murder trial for a 22-year-old Toledo man accused in the city s last homicide of 2006 was set to start yesterday, but it has been pushed back to late next month.

Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Ruth Ann Franks yesterday ordered Charles Mickey Rodriguez, whose last known address was 921 Homer Ave., to stand trial Aug. 27 in the death of General Hurst, 22, who was shot in front of a North Toledo convenience store.

Mr. Rodriguez s attorney was not available to start the trial yesterday, so his bond of $500,000 was continued.

Mr. Hurst walked out of the Dairy Mart, 3380 Lagrange St., shortly after 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. He was confronted by an armed suspect and was shot as he tried to get away, police said. He stumbled to the 200 block of East Pearl Street before collapsing in a yard there. Mr. Hurst died a short time later at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

Court records indicate Mr. Rodriguez fired six shots, one of which hit Mr. Hurst in the back.

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