GOSHEN — A man charged with murder in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man in December appeared in court for his initial hearing, Thursday, April 24.
Thomas Harper, 19, of Elkhart, was charged with one count of felony murder. If convicted, he faces up to 65 years in prison. During his initial hearing, he was appointed an attorney from the public defender's office.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed with his charge, Harper and Antonio Walter, of Elkhart, are accused of shooting and killing Devonte Patrick on Dec. 23, 2013.
According to witnesses of the shooting, Patrick was driving a vehicle during a drug deal when Harper and Walters pulled out guns attempting to rob Patrick and the other people in the car.
Both Harper and Walters got out of the car and shot Patrick while he attempted to back away from them.
Walters remains at large, according to a press release sent from the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office on Monday.
Harper was arrested in January following an attempted burglary in which two people were shot. He was charged in Superior Court 2 with two counts of burglary resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted in that case, Harper could face up to 100 years in prison.
Harper's next court hearing in Circuit Court is scheduled for May 22.