Elkhart man charged with murder in connection with 17-year-old girl’s death

    An Elkhart man has been formally charged with murder for his connection to a 17-year-old girl's homicide.
    Posted on Nov. 13, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 13, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

    ELKHART — A man arrested at the scene of a homicide in the northwest side of the county has been formally charged for his connection with the death of 17-year-old Tiana Alter.

    The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office filed a charge of murder, a felony, against Micahel Shoun, 26. The charge carries a sentence of up to 65 years in prison.

    Shoun was arrested Nov. 2 at 29482 C.R. 1, Granger, on warrants from unrelated cases.

    Police responded to the home on C.R. 1 at 11:18 p.m., when they found Alter’s body. Following an autopsy, Elkhart County Coroner John White said Alter died of multiple sharp force wounds. He ruled her death a homicide.

    The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department forwarded their homicide investigation to the prosecutor’s office Nov. 6 and asked for a formal charge of murder to be filed against Shoun. A magistrate judge found probable cause for Shoun’s detention Friday, Nov. 8.

    Shoun’s initial hearing, where he will be read his charge, has been scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14

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