GOSHEN — An Elkhart man accused of murdering Tiana Alter, 17, in a Granger home Nov. 2 was arraigned on a charge of murder Thursday.
Michael Shoun, 26, Elkhart, is accused of killing Alter in a Cleveland Township home. Elkhart County Coroner John White has ruled Alter died of multiple sharp force injuries. Elkhart County police arrested Shoun at the scene on several warrants and he was officially charged Wednesday.
Elkhart Circuit Court Terry Shewmaker entered a not guilty plea for Shoun and set his trial for March 3. There is no bond for murder suspects in Indiana.
Admission of murder
In another Elkhart murder case in Circuit Court, Jesus Macedo, 17, entered a plea agreement in which he admitted to fatally shooting Braxton Barhams, 16, on June 22.
Macedo told Judge Shewmaker that he was in a car at the intersection of Benham and Garfield avenues and had a gun and shot at “B.B.” with the intent of killing him.
The plea deal calls for a 65-year term in prison for Macedo. In return for his admission, prosecutors are dropping a criminal gang enhancement provision for his sentence. Sentencing was set for Dec. 12.
Goshen robbery suspects
Five Elkhart men arrested in a Goshen home invasion and robbery all had their bonds set at $250,000 and their trials set for March 3.
Matthew R. Allen, 19, 10 Malcom Drive, Apt.,C; Davon N. Crenshaw, 19, 719 E. Lusher Ave.; Armando Gonzalez Jr., 18, 121 W. Indiana Ave.; Antoine A. McDuffie, 21, 26275 Leland Road; and Montrail D. Williams, 20, 1606 Frances Ave.; all face felony charges of armed robbery, burglary, criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit burglary. In addition, Gonzalez and Williams were charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
According to a Goshen police report, the Elkhart men went to a home on April Lane in the Twin Pines Mobile Home Park early on the morning of Nov. 4 and displayed a handgun during the robbery. The victims were not injured.