The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Phone records, DNA used to build case in slaying of barbershop owner

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court shows police also used cellphone records to nab a second man charged with murder in last year’s shooting death of a Fort Wayne barbershop owner. 

Michael LoVett Jr., 46, was killed April 9 outside his business on Lake Avenue after an argument with a customer. 

James Dodson, 35, was charged with murder, convicted and is serving an 87 1/2-year prison sentence. His brother, Jamari Dodson, 20, was arrested Monday evening and charged Tuesday with murder. 

Investigators linked Jamari Dodson to the crime by using cellphone records that showed he was in the area at the time of the shooting, according to a probable cause affidavit. They gathered DNA taken from a cheek swab in January "for comparison to an unknown DNA profile found with fingernail clippings collected from Michael LoVett," the document says. 

Police on Monday said they received confirmation of a link, based on DNA test results – even though Jamari Dodson reportedly said he wasn't with his brother at the time of the shooting.

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