Teen charged with murder to argue self-defense

Alphonso James III

GOSHEN — An Elkhart teen accused of murder plans to argue at trial that he acted in self-defense.

Alphonso James, 15, is charged with murder in the Sept. 12, 2018, death of Jaren Minies. The 18-year-old was shot multiple times during what was described as a deal to trade an Xbox for a handgun.

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At first blush, I'm wondering why a 14yr. old is walking around with a loaded hand gun.

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