Bel Air shooting death

Robert Conley Richardson III, 16, of Bel Air, has been charged as an adult with murder 1st degree, murder 2nd degree and use of a firearm in the commission of a fellony crime of violence in connection with the death of his father. A District Court Judge ordered Richardson held in jail on no bail Wednesday. (Harford County Sheriff's Office, Homestead Publishing / January 12, 2012)

The trial for the 16-year-old Bel Air boy charged in his father's murder has been postponed until 2013.

Robert C. Richardson III's trial was initially scheduled for July 9 in the Harford County Circuit Court but is not scheduled to begin until Jan. 7, 2013, according to electronic court records.

Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that the delay is because the first prosecutor left the office so the case had to be reassigned. Court records show that Melissa Lambert was removed on May 24 and replaced with Diane Adkins Tobin.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Sept. 21 and criminal motion hearings are scheduled for Nov. 15 and 16.


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Richardson is charged with first- and second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in a felony violent crime in connection with his father's death on Jan. 9 of this year.

Police say Richardson confessed to killing his father, Robert C. Richardson Jr., and allegedly shot him late at night before leading police on a brief car chase that ended with him crashing his vehicle into a wall near a Bel Air church.

His father's body was found partially submerged in a pond near an Aberdeen residence, where a relative of the family lived, police said.