Preliminary hearing date pushed back

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge decided Thursday to delay setting a date for the preliminary hearing of two men charged in the killing of two USC graduate students.

Judge Shelly Torrealba postponed the hearing at the request of attorneys, who asked for more time to examine the evidence. They will return to court on Nov. 20 to set the date for the preliminary hearing.

Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, pleaded not guilty in July to charges including the murders of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, graduate engineering students from China, and murder during a botched robbery in the April shootings on Raymond Avenue.

Barnes and Bolden were arrested in May after the Los Angeles Police Department used shell casings found at the scene to connect them to a murder attempt in South Los Angeles in 2011. Detectives from the Federal Buruea of Investigation and Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives assisted LAPD with the investigation.