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Teen murder suspect's trial set

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A July trial date was scheduled Friday for a Fort Wayne teen charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman late last year.

Senaca V. James, 16, is charged as an adult, and an Allen County magistrate scheduled a three-day trial July 28. A pretrial conference is scheduled June 26.

Police say James killed Dominique Taylor, 18, Dec. 22 as she sat in the passenger seat of a car parked at an apartment complex on the city's south side.

James told police Taylor was lured to the complex “under the guise of buying marijuana edibles,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

July trial date set in January killing

A woman accused of shooting a 19-year-old man to death last month is scheduled to go to trial in July.

Kennisha J. Jackson, 19, is charged with murder in the death of Diquan Meriwether Jan. 14.

Charging documents say he was shot after he went to meet Jackson at her Abbott Street home to get money.

A three-day trial is scheduled July 28, and a pretrial conference is set for June 22.

City man found guilty of felonies

A Fort Wayne man will be sentenced Feb. 28, after jurors in January found him guilty of several felonies.

Allen Grogg shocked his girlfriend with a stun gun and led police on a chase in May. Jurors found him guilty Jan. 31 of domestic battery, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

The woman called 911 and whispered to an emergency dispatcher that she needed help, according to court documents. She reportedly told investigators Grogg shocked her twice after an argument over moving in together.

Guilty verdict in molesting trial

Jurors this week found a man guilty of molesting a boy in 2017 and 2018.

Willie Witherspoon was convicted Thursday of two counts of child molesting. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced March 20.

Court documents say the boy was in fifth grade, and Witherspoon was accused of molesting him at least three times.

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