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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's been nearly four years since a Youngstown man was shot to death and his wife was wounded during a drive by shooting on the south side.

Suspect Aubrey Toney was scheduled to go on trial for the crime on Monday, but Judge Maureen Sweeney has granted a stay in the case.

The prosecutors office needs more time to interview a witness in the murder case of 75-yr-old Thomas Repchic who was shot to death in September 2010 shortly after leaving Saint Dominic's Church.  Repchic's wife Jacqueline was critically wounded in the shooting.

Authorities believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Police say Toney and his convicted accomplice Kevin Agee were targeting a rival that drives a Cadillac similar to that of Repchics. Agee was convicted in 2012 for his role in the murder.

Prosecutors say Agee claimed he was only driving, and wasn't aware that his passenger Toney was allegedly gunning for that rival.

The prosecution wants to interview a witness who owned the Dodge Durango used in the shooting.

That witness lives out of state and can not travel to Ohio to testify, because she has a high-risk pregnancy.

The Repchic shooting was the first of two fatal shootings involving Saint Dominic's parishioners. In January of 2011, 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari was shot in the head after she spent her evening praying at the church.

Judge Sweeney says this will be the last delay in the trial, which is now scheduled to start April 28. If Toney is convicted, he faces the death penalty.

As the legal process inches closer to trial, years have passed for the Repchic family.

"The Repchic family comes to mass here every Sunday and that's a great thing to see," Father Greg Maturi says, pastor of St. Dominic's. "It will be helpful to bring closure to a terrible tragedy that this parish suffered."

Father Maturi says God turns bad things into good and he believes the fallout from that fatal gunfire, in turn has united the surrounding neighborhood ever since.

"I think it's safer and more and more people are coming back and the hall is being used a lot," he says.

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