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Murder suspect will claim self-defense in upcoming trial

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The man charged with murder in the June 23 shooting death of Frashaune "Flip" Striverson will claim at trial next week the killing was in self-defense. 

Amiracle N. Phifer, 23, also faces a sentencing enhancement for using a gun to commit the crime, and a three-day trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. He could be sentenced to up to 85 years in prison if he is convicted. 

Phifer filed a notice of self defense in August, and court documents filed last week by defense attorney James Hanson ask a judge to allow statements from witnesses who are expected to testify Striverson was "a violent individual" with "a general reputation for violence." 

Judge Fran Gull could rule on the request tomorrow. 

Police were called June 23 to the area of Colerick Street and Central Drive, where Striverson, 27, was shot. Investigators said surveillance video shows Phifer waiting behind a home and then "shooting multiple times toward Striverson." 

Prosecutors, in a four-page response to Hanson's request, argue the statements should not be allowed. 

mleblanc@jg.net


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