Harper appears in court on felony murder, burglary charges

Thomas Harper, 19, appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday for hearings on two separate felony cases, including the murder of Devonte Patrick.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

Thomas Harper, 19, appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday, May 22, for hearings on two separate felony cases.

He is charged with felony murder in the Dec. 23 shooting of 18-year-old Devonte Patrick and is facing burglary charges from an incident one month later.

Judge Terry Shewmaker said future proceedings for the murder charge and Harper’s other case will be scheduled together and he will be back in court on June 5.

Harper was arrested on Jan. 23 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.

He was charged in Patrick’s death with one count of felony murder in March. If convicted, he faces up to 65 years in prison.

Antonio Walters, 17, of Elkhart was also charged in Patrick’s murder but has not been apprehended.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charge, witnesses told police Patrick was driving a vehicle during a drug deal when Harper and Walters, also in the vehicle, pulled out guns and attempted 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.

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