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Sentencing delayed in murder case

By ELDON PITTS - For The Courier-Times

The sentencing hearing has been continued for a Muncie man convicted of murder in the Feb. 9, 2017 shooting death of former Middletown resident Zakary M. Farmer, 20. Farmer was a 2015 graduate of Shenandoah High School. The shooting occurred at an apartment in the 800 block of West Main Street in Muncie.

A jury in Delaware Circuit Court 5 deliberated more than four hours on March 7 before finding Marcus D. Hanyard, 24, guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the fatal shooting.

The jury also found Hanyard guilty of possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender. Hanyard was convicted of robbery in 2016.

Hanyard’s sentencing was set for April 5. On April 3, Hanyard’s attorney, Michael Quirk, filed a motion to continue the sentencing hearing.

Delaware Circuit Court 5 Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. canceled the April 5 sentencing hearing and scheduled a hearing on the defendant’s motion for a continuance instead, which was to be held during the lunch break of a jury trial that was already underway in Circuit Court 5.

According to a court entry, the state appeared for the hearing on the motion for a continuance, but the defense attorney did not appear.

The court continued the hearing on the defendant’s motion and re-scheduled it to take place Tuesday. 

Hanyard faces a possible sentence of 45-65 years in prison for conviction of murder. He also face a possible sentence of 20-30 years for conviction of conspiracy to commit burglary, a Level 1 felony; 10-30 years for attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 felony; and 4-12 years for possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, a Level 4 felony.