Grand jury indicts Saudi student on murder charge

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri judge says he is confused about why the Johnson County prosecutor sought a grand jury indictment against a Saudi national whose trial was scheduled to begin in less than a month.

Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Stoppy dropped murder and armed criminal action charges against 24-year-old Ziyad Abid on Friday after a grand jury indicted him on the same counts, then she immediately refiled them.

Abid is accused of paying his roommate, Reginald Singletary Jr., to kill Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth on Sept. 1.

Abid's attorneys told Circuit Judge Michael Wagner the move was a way to get around his rejection two weeks ago of a request by the Missouri attorney general's office to push the trial date back. They repeated their request for a speedy trial.

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