Hearing for couple accused in roommate's death delayed

The preliminary hearing for a San Francisco couple accused in the beating death of their housemate in December was postponed today for the second time in two weeks because the prosecution's key witness did not appear to testify.

Richard Carelli and Michele Pinkerton, both 38, remain in custody, charged with the Dec. 22 beating death of 49-year-old Leonard Milo Hoskins at his Mission Terrace home.

Carelli is charged with murder and Pinkerton as an accessory to murder. They were arrested in April after allegedly fleeing to Baja, Mexico.

Assistant District Attorney David Merin told Judge Phillip Moscone this morning that a male neighbor he had subpoenaed to testify, who allegedly witnessed the attack, was not at his home this morning, where a police inspector had prearranged to pick him up.

Moscone granted an order allowing police to hold the witness until his testimony, and the start of the preliminary hearing was postponed until Wednesday morning.

The case was previously delayed on Aug. 6, when another judge dismissed the charges on grounds the couple's speedy trial rights had been violated, forcing prosecutors to re-file charges in the case.

The witness also did not show up to court that day. Bay City News

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