Judge dismisses murder charge against CA pastor - 8 News NOW

Judge dismisses murder charge against CA pastor

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LAS VEGAS -- A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a California youth pastor accused of murder after an altercation outside a Las Vegas pub. However, the prosecution says it is moving forward with the process of presenting the case to the grand jury.

News of the secret proceedings was revealed Wednesday during a Las Vegas court hearing for 35-year-old Robert Lynn Cox.

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.

However, Cox and his attorneys are calling the judge's decision a small victory.

"It's stressful not knowing what's going to happen but we're just trusting God, trusting our attorney's and prayerful waiting, I know I will be exonerated, I know I'm innocent and so we're just waiting for that announcement to come," Cox said.

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

Ellingson hit his head and later died.

Metro Police say Cox initially said he punched Ellingson, but his attorney says that did not happen.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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