Grand jury takes case of pastor accused of murder

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Updated: 7/03/2014 7:13 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A grand jury is reviewing the case of a California youth pastor accused of murder after an altercation outside a Las Vegas pub.

News of the proceedings was revealed Wednesday during a Las Vegas court hearing for 35-year-old Robert Lynn Cox. A judge dismissed a murder charge against Cox after prosecutors said the case was before a jury.

It's unclear when the jury will decide whether to indict Cox in the death of 55-year-old Link Ellingson, who died of hemorrhaging about six months after the June 13, 2013 confrontation outside the Four Kegs pub.

Cox says he was traveling with members of his Manteca church and had stopped for dinner when Ellingson approached the group and assaulted them. Group members said Cox grabbed the man and both fell. Ellingson hit his head.

Las Vegas police say Cox initially said he punched Ellingson.

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