Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 11, 2014

Teen slaying suspect's probation officer resigns


---- — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis probation officer has resigned amid criticism that he failed to report violations by a 16-year-old who was later charged with killing an Indianapolis man.

Court documents show the teen remained free for a month while awaiting a hearing on 13 probation violations. Nine were violations of his house arrest.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1qIsBEo ) probation officer Tracy McDonald could have requested an arrest warrant after the third house arrest violation Feb. 15. That would have kept the teen in detention until an April 7 hearing.

McDonald didn't report any violations until March 5 and recommended the teen remain on house arrest.

The teen is charged with fatally shooting Nathan Trapuzzano while the 24-year-old was on a morning walk April 1.

Probation officials didn't return calls seeking comment.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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