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Trial of suspect in killings of mother, 3 children delayed until May

This undated photo provided by the Fort Wayne Police Department in Fort Wayne, Ind., shows...
This undated photo provided by the Fort Wayne Police Department in Fort Wayne, Ind., shows Cohen Hancz-Barron, who is charged in the killings of three children and a woman found slain in a Fort Wayne home Wednesday, June 2, 2021.(Fort Wayne Police Department via AP)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4:50 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - An Allen County judge on Tuesday granted a motion to delay the trial of the man accused of killing a woman and her three young children.

Judge Fran Gull re-set that trial for May 17, 2022, with a pre-trial conference in February. Cohen Hancz-Barron had been scheduled to defend himself in January. The decision followed a Tuesday hearing at the Allen County Courthouse.

Prosecutors allege Hancz-Barron stabbed to death Sarah Nicole Zent, 26; her sons, Carter Matthew Zent, 5, and Ashton Duwayne Zent, 3; and daughter, Aubree Christine Zent, 2, last June. Their bodies were found in a Fort Wayne home, and Hancz-Barron was located hours later in Lafayette, Ind. An autopsy determined that Sarah Zent was also strangled.

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The prosecution is seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole in the case.

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