The Columbia man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl and then raping her mother last month will have his charges decided in Lancaster County Court.
Jason Shackelford, 39, plans to waive his preliminary hearing, scheduled for Thursday before Columbia District Judge Miles Bixler, according to the judge's office.
At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors must present sufficient evidence that a crime was committed and that the defendant probably is responsible and, therefore, that a jury or judge should hear the case in county court. Defendants frequently waive the hearing and allow the charges to proceed to court.
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