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Officials won't say who killed Braxton Barhams, but probable cause was found for a murder charge in the case.

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 24, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

ELKHART — An autopsy conducted Monday afternoon, June 24 determined 16-year-old Braxton Barhams died from a single gunshot wound.

Elkhart County Deputy Coroner James Elliott said the death was ruled a homicide and Barhams died from a gunshot wound in his left side.

Barhams was shot Saturday at about 6:45 p.m. near 250 W. Garfield Ave. He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A judicial officer found probable cause for a murder charge Monday in the case.

The Elkhart Police Department forwarded its investigation to the prosecutor's office, and a probable cause hearing was conducted, said Ed Windbigler, chief investigator of the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office Monday afternoon.

Formal charges have not been filed, but the prosecuting attorney has up to 72 hours to file charges.

Officials have not released the name of the juvenile who was arrested early Sunday morning.

However, the Elkhart County Jail's booking report shows that Jesus Macedo-Perez, 16, of Elkhart, was booked Sunday morning on a murder charge and is being held without bond. Police have not linked Macedo-Perez's arrest to Barhams' death.

Lt. Mike Sigsbee of the Elkhart Police Department said in a statement that police cannot release the name of the suspect because he is younger than 18. The name of a juvenile who has been arrested on suspicion of having committed an offense is often withheld until formal charges are filed against him or her.

The neighborhood in which the shooting happened held a candlelight vigil Sunday evening to show its support to Barhams' family.

The drive-by shooting that took Barhams' life is the second shooting on the south side of the city in less than three weeks. It is also the fifth homicide in the county so far this year.

On June 6, 19-year-old Latryis Mitchell was shot outside a store in the 200 block of East Indiana Avenue.

Mitchell is recovering at home from his wounds, and police continue to investigate the case.


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