Teen charged with murder appears in court for hearing
GOSHEN — A teenager accused of killing another teen in a drive-by shooting appeared in court for a hearing in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Jesus Macedo-Perez, 16, of Elkhart, appeared in court with his attorney, Kevin Milner. Milner acknowledged that the deadline to file a plea bargain is Oct. 10 and the trial date is Nov. 18. He said he’d be ready to go to trial by November if he does not reach an agreement with the prosecuting attorney.
Vicki Becker, chief deputy prosecutor, said she would also be ready to go to trial at the set date.
Macedo-Perez was arrested hours after a drive-by shooting on June 22 near Benham and Garfield avenues, in which Braxton Barhams, 16, was killed.
Aside from a murder charge, Macedo-Perez faces a criminal gang enhancement. A criminal gang enhancement, which does not only apply to gang members, doubles a sentence if the defendant is convicted.
According to initial reports, Barhams was walking down Benham Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. on June 22 when he was shot. He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Elkhart County coroner’s office determined Barhams died of a single gunshot wound.
Police continue to investigate the homicide. A probable cause affidavit for Macedo-Perez’s arrest was filed in Superior Court 1, but it remains sealed because of the ongoing investigation.