Murder sentencing delayed for psychological exam

INDIANAPOLIS — Sentencing for a Morgantown man convicted in the 2014 murder of a Columbus native has been delayed until April.

Harley Sims, 25, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. April 9 in Marion Superior Court Criminal Division 3, according to court documents.

Sims was convicted in the Jan. 2, 2014, death of Kristopher A. Griner, 31, formerly of Columbus, following a two-day jury trial, according to the court.

Griner was stabbed to death near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Cary Solida said Sims’ defense attorney had requested a psychological evaluation for Sims to be used as part of the sentencing hearing.

He faces 45 to 65 years in prison, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sims is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail, Solida said.

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