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Hearing delayed for Tucson man accused of killing girlfriend in 2012

Seven years later, Genna Ayup's family still pleading for justice
Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 21:57:35-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — It's a case KGUN9 has been following for years. And Monday afternoon, a judge met with the family of a Tucson woman who was killed in 2012.

Police say Genna Ayup was shot by her boyfriend and father of her child, Ronald Corbin. He told them he accidentally shot Genna while cleaning his gun.

It was determined to be an accident until the Pima County Attorney's Office reopened the case in 2018, and he was indicted on manslaughter charges.

In court on Monday, both prosecution and defense expressed concerns about a fair trial for Corbin. The defense asked for a gag order, but there has not been a ruling on that yet.

Genna's mother, Toni Solheid, spoke with 9 On Your Side last week ahead of the hearing. She hasn't been able to move forward since her daughter's death, saying the past seven years have been difficult.

Genna's older sister, Heather Picard, shared similar sentiments before the hearing.

"I want to move on with my life," Solheid said. "My life basically ended when her life ended."

Solheid says she made a promise to Genna and herself to bring her the justice they feel she deserves. Family and friends created a Facebook page called Justice for Genna,to share developments in the case.

The next hearing is set for Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. where a judge will decide on a change of plea or set a trial date.