The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:00 am


Barber slaying suspect in court

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The man charged with killing a local barber outside his Lake Avenue shop is scheduled to appear in Allen Superior Court for the first time today.

James Dodson Jr., 34, is charged with murder and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon in the April 9 attack that left Michael LoVett Jr. dead. He also faces a sentencing enhancement for allegedly using a gun to commit the crime.

Dodson was arrested May 9 in Mississippi and taken into local police custody Sunday. He was being held at Allen County Jail.

Dodson was a customer at The Legendary Barbershop, 1718 Lake Ave., when he left the business about 5:30 p.m. and returned about a half hour later, according to court documents. He is one of three men who confronted LoVett before the business owner was killed, police have said.

Trial date set for 2012 store killing

An Allen County magistrate scheduled a three-day trial in October for a man charged with beating to death an antiques store worker in 2012.

Zachery Doan, 24, beat 58-year-old J.R. Shimer II to death on New Year's Eve 2012 inside Antiques on Broadway using an object – a large stick with a rock attached to it, according to court documents – he found at the store, police said. Doan told a witness he stole $11 that night, a probable cause affidavit alleges.

The trial is scheduled for Oct. 8.

Doan is charged with murder, felony murder – one committed in the act of another felony – and robbery resulting in bodily injury. He is serving a 70-year sentence at the Indiana State Prison for beating and robbing an 80-year-old woman in a separate case in 2014.

Robbery scheme results in 16 years

An Indianapolis man who, with five others, plotted to rob drug dealers of cocaine at a local building in 2014 was sentenced Tuesday to more than 16 years in federal prison.

Dwaine Bartlett, 46, was among the six-man crew who planned to rob the supposed drug dealers. They turned out to be police, who had hatched the plan to catch the men. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to 200 months behind bars.

Bartlett, Floyd Thomas, Derrick Thomas, Prentice Bland, Richard Council and Richard Murray showed up at an unidentified hotel in Fort Wayne on Feb. 12, 2014, and then went to another location to commit the robbery, according to court documents.

Floyd Thomas pleaded guilty in January but since has asked to take back his plea; Derrick Thomas was sentenced to 19 years in prison last year; Bland pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced June 26; Council was sentenced in 2017 to 16 years, 3 months; and Murray was sentenced in 2017 to 17 years in prison.

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