Trial rescheduled for Elkhart teens charged with felony murder

Trial dates for three teenagers charged with felony murder has been rescheduled.
Posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 11, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

ELKHART — Trials have been continued for three teenagers charged with felony murder in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Levi Sparks, Blake Layman and Anthony Sharp appeared for their trial status conferences at the Elkhart County Jail’s courtroom, where their attorneys asked Judge Terry Shewmaker to move the trial dates of April 22 forward because of another trial scheduled on that date.

The judge rescheduled the trial dates for Sparks, Layman and Sharp to Aug. 19. Their trial status conference was scheduled for Aug. 15.

The three teenagers, along with Jose Quiroz, were arrested after an attempted home invasion on Oct. 3, 2012, at 1919 Frances Ave. which resulted in the death of Danzele Johnson, 21. Johnson helped the teens break into the residence, according to court documents.

Under Indiana law, a person committing a felony can be charged with felony murder if another person dies during the commission of the crime.

Quiroz pleaded guilty to felony murder in November, agreeing to a sentence of 45 years in prison and 10 years on probation. He was sentenced in December.

In an unrelated case also in Elkhart Circuit Court, Jose Alejandro, 21, of Elkhart, plans to go to trial on April 22, said his attorney, Clifford Williams.

Alejandro is charged with attempted murder, and the prosecutor has asked for a criminal gang enhancement. He was arrested July 4, 2012, in connection to the shooting of a 19-year-old man in May that year.


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