The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:00 am


Full docket postpones murder trial

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A packed Allen Superior Court docket Tuesday led to the postponement of a murder trial for a Fort Wayne man.

Deedee W. Barnett, 39, of the 1800 block of Gladstone Drive, is charged with shooting to death Brian Lowe Jr., 31, last year near the 1000 block of Lake Avenue.

His and three other trials were scheduled to begin Tuesday in the same courtroom at the Allen County Courthouse. Barnett's trial was moved to Aug. 29.

Barnett is accused of shooting Lowe in the head as he was entering a car and admitted to the killing, court documents say. Police said Barnett told them he shot Lowe because “he caused chaos in the neighborhood and yelled at people.”

August trial set in death of infant

An Allen County judge Tuesday set an Aug. 14 trial date for a man accused of killing his 10-week-old son last month.

Julio Carrillo, 19, of the 200 block of West Pontiac Street, is charged with murder in the death of Lxzander Carrillo on March 12. Court documents say the boy died from a brain hemorrhage due to skull fractures as a result of blows to the head.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 13.

Slain toddler case moved to October

The trial for a man accused of beating to death a 2-year-old boy in November will begin Oct. 23.

Mitchell Vanryn, 27, of the 6900 block of Palmetta Court, had been set to go to trial next month on charges of murder, aggravated battery and domestic battery death to a person under 14. Defense attorney Randall Hammond asked a judge last week to push back the date.

Court documents say he beat Malakai Garrett to death. The boy's mother, Amber V. Garrett, is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent in the case.

Her trial is set for July 24.

Prosecutors ask to drop charges

Allen County prosecutors have asked a judge to drop charges against a man tied to a case in which two women were held hostage and beaten in 2016.

Genues S. Jones, 39, of the 2700 block of South Wayne Street, is charged with criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon. Court documents say he helped Morgan K. Govan, throw the women into the basement of a home on Chestnut Street in August 2016.

Jones left the home before Govan beat and tortured them, according to court documents.

Allen County deputy prosecutors Thomas Chaille and Tasha Lee filed a motion to dismiss the case last week. The motion says, “that it is in the best interest of justice.”

A trial was scheduled for April 17.

Govan was sentenced in February to 30 years in prison.

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