Murder suspect Leeshawn Rodgers will go to trial Feb. 17

Leeshawn Rodgers, accused of killing Eddie Johnson April 30, 2013, said he is ready to go to trial Feb. 17.

Posted on Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.

GOSHEN — A man facing a murder charge for the death of Eddie Johnson plans to go to trial Feb. 17, according to his attorney.

During a hearing at the Elkhart Circuit Court, Clifford Williams said investigation will be complete soon and his client, Leeshawn Rodgers, will be ready to go to trial.

Rodgers, 20, is accused of fatally shooting Johnson on April 30, 2013, on the south side of Elkhart. He faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted. Rodgers was 19 years old when he was arrested.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Rodgers' arrest, Johnson was standing near the corner of South Sixth and Cleveland streets with some friends when Rodgers approached him.

According to the affidavit, Johnson put his arm around Rodgers' shoulders in what witnesses described as a friendly gesture, and the two men walked around the corner of a house.

A witness told police that minutes later she heard gunshots and saw Johnson and Rodgers struggling with a handgun. The witness heard more gunshots and saw Johnson fall.

Elkhart Police Officers responded to reports of the shooting at about 4:20 p.m.

The affidavit did not describe a motive for the shooting.

Following an investigation, the prosecutor's office filed a warrant for Rodgers' arrest. Rodgers was arrested May 13 in Indianapolis.

The trial will begin with jury selection at 8:30 a.m.

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