ELKHART — Two teenagers are facing preliminary charges of murder, possibly in connection with a burglary at 1919 Frances Ave.
Police arrested Blake Layman, 16, and Jose Quiroz, 16, Wednesday on Frances Avenue. According to a booking report from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Quiroz was arrested at 1919 Frances Ave.
An inmate search on the Elkhart County Jail website shows that Layman was arrested at the Elkhart Police Department.
While the two suspects were arrested for murder, formal charges are pending, said Ed Windbigler, chief investigator for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s office. “We have to look at the whole case,” he said.
Police have not turned over anything to the prosecutor’s office. After they do, officials will make a decision on what charges — if any — to file.
Under Indiana law, people involved in a crime that results in a death can be charged with murder.
Officials have until Friday afternoon to have a probable cause hearing. They would have three business days after that to file formal charges, according to Windbigler.
The Elkhart Truth and law enforcement officials do not usually name juveniles who are arrested, but someone facing a murder charge is named because the person would be charged as an adult.
Police responded to 1919 Frances Ave. around 2:30 p.m. in response to a burglary. The homeowner told dispatch some people had forced their way into to the residence and shots were fired.
Two people who were not residents of 1919 Frances were shot.
Danzele Johnson, 21, of Goshen, was shot and killed inside the residence.
A male juvenile was also shot and taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated and released. He was later arrested at the Elkhart Police Department. It was not clear whether it was Layman or Quiroz who was wounded.
Police said they are seeking a fourth person who ran from the scene.