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Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:00 am

Accused killer likely to learn his fate today

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Jurors today likely will decide the fate of a Fort Wayne man accused of shooting to death a Chicago man in April. 

Closing arguments are scheduled this morning in Allen Superior Court in the murder trial of Antoine Kelley Jr., 28. Prosecutors say he shot Darius McMorris, 23, to death inside the bathroom of a home on South Harrison Street. 

Police called to the home April 1 found McMorris face down in a bathtub. 

Witnesses said Kelley, who was renting the home, traveled from Chicago to Fort Wayne with McMorris and three other men. Kelley was acting strangely and might have been on drugs when he shot McMorris, witnesses told police. 

Defense attorney John Watkins told jurors on the first day of the trial his client acted in self-defense, arguing no one saw what happened inside the bathroom. 

The murder charge is punishable by up to 65 years in prison, and a sentencing enhancement for using a gun to commit the crime could add 20 years to the prison term if Kelley is convicted. 

mleblanc@jg.net