The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 1:00 am

Murder trial underway in barber's killing

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The trial of a man charged with killing a Fort Wayne barber in April began Monday in Allen Superior Court.

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 a crime. 

A customer at The Legendary Barbershop, 1718 Lake Ave., Dodson left the business about 5:30 p.m. and returned a half hour later, according to court documents.

He and two other men confronted LoVett before the business owner was shot and killed, investigators have said.

Police said more than 20 shell casings were found at the scene. 

Dodson was arrested in May in Mississippi and is the only person charged in the slaying.

A motive for the killing is not clear.

The trial is expected to end Thursday.

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