Man charged in killings of mother, 3 children back in court Friday

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. Police call him a suspect 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: Apr. 21, 2022 at 4:37 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The man accused of killing a woman and three children in a home on Gay Street in 2021, is scheduled to be in court Friday for a pretrial conference.

Cohen Hancz-Barron is charged with four counts of murder after Fort Wayne police say he stabbed and strangled Sarah Zent and stabbed her three children, ages 2 to 5, at a home on Gay Street last June. Investigators then used digital intelligence to track Hancz-Barron to an apartment complex in Lafayette, where he was arrested.

In August of 2021, the prosecutor filed a special notice with Judge Fran Gull to request four life sentences without the possibility of parole. In November, Judge Gull granted a motion to delay the trial of Cohen Hancz-Barron for May 17, 2022.

He is set to appear in court on Friday for a pretrial conference, with his four-day jury trial slated to begin on May 17.

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