Homeless man to stand trial for murder, robbery of transient

A downtown Los Angeles transient accused of using a broken glass bottle to slash the throat of another transient during a robbery was ordered today to stand trial on murder and robbery charges.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis found sufficient evidence to require 51-year-old Timothy Mark Bishop, 51, to proceed to trial in the July 31, 2009, robbery and slaying of Robert Burrus, according to Deputy District Attorney Doug Sherrod.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation that the 67-year-old victim was killed during the course of a robbery.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek capital punishment for Bishop, who also is charged with one count of second-degree robbery.

Bishop is accused of murdering Burrus in a homeless encampment near Sixth Street and the Harbor (110) Freeway.

He was arrested last Aug. 1, based on information provided by a witness -- another homeless man -- who told police he saw the defendant in a bloody jacket the night before, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon. The jacket and some bloody money were recovered by police.

Bishop is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on July 30 for arraignment.