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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am

3 held in Ligonier homicides

City residents face charges; female, male victims ID'd

RON SHAWGO | The Journal Gazette

Weighing murder and robbery charges, a judge Wednesday found probable cause to hold three suspects in Monday's double homicide in Ligonier, Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said.

Prosecutors have until Friday morning to file formal charges against Michael Johnson, 35, Tiffani Cox, 30, and Kyra Frost, 25. Johnson faces two murder charges and a count of attempted murder. Cox and Frost are each being held on preliminary charges of aiding in robbery and attempted robbery, Blackman said. The three are from Fort Wayne.

Found dead were Amanda Feldstein, 39, and Justin Adams, who Blackman said was born in 1988. The shooting occurred at Feldstein's apartment; Adams lived elsewhere in Ligonier, Blackman said.

A shot missed another woman, Amberly Brown, resulting in the preliminary attempted murder charge, Blackman said.

While the robbery charges hint of a motive, Blackman said he will not release details of the crime until formal charges are filed, likely Friday.

Also Wednesday, Noble Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch approved search warrants for Johnson's vehicle and clothes. Police are looking for the gun used in the crime.

“It's really important for law enforcement that we try to locate that gun,” Blackman said.

Noble County dispatch received a 911 call shortly before 9 p.m. Monday reporting a shooting at 200 Water St., the newly built Riverside Villa apartment complex north of downtown. Adams was found dead from a gunshot wound on an outside sidewalk. Feldstein, also shot, was found dead inside the building, police said.

A witness described the suspect and his vehicle. That information was quickly broadcast to other police agencies, Shearer said. A short time later an officer with the LaGrange Police Department spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it. After a chase on U.S. 20, the vehicle was stopped and Johnson arrested.