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Trial set for man charged in 2012 robberies targeting the elderly

Posted July 26, 2016 10:47 p.m. EDT

— An Apex man charged in a string of home invasions three years ago is finally set to go to trial later this year.

James Kelvin Medlin is accused of a pattern of home invasion robberies targeting at least six elderly people. Investigators in May began looking at electronic data that could be evidence in the case.

Recent warrants said that a Verizon Blackberry phone and a Garmin GPS unit were to be seized and searched.

Investigators requested the examination of these devices with the inclination that they will find evidence of the crimes linked to Medlin.

Medlin was arrested in 2013 and faces 32 charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree rape in the series of attacks.

Authorities said Medlin targeted his victims, who were between the ages of 77 and 96, between August 2012 and January 2013.

Warrants said Medlin allegedly approached his victims and robbed them as they were returning home from running errands and unloading groceries.

Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said the case was most recently set to go to trial in September.

Shekita said the case has taken several years because there was a large amount of discovery and a motion to suppress evidence.

Medlin elected to represent himself this spring and then asked for a continuance.