The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00 am

19-year-old arrested in Abbott Street homicide

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

As life ebbed from Diquan Meriwether's body, he was taken on an agonizing ride that started at Abbott and Pontiac streets on the city's south side and ended at Santa Lisa Court and Vance Avenue, just north of Parkview Randallia Hospital. 

Meriwether, 19, of Fort Wayne died Tuesday of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Allen County coroner. His death is Allen County's second homicide this year. 

Kennisha Jackson, also 19, was arrested Tuesday night. She was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery by knowingly inflicting injury creating a substantial risk of death and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, with bail of $10,000 on each charge.

She was also being held without bail on previous charges of resisting law enforcement and marijuana possession, according to an Allen County Jail spokesman. A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

The shooting unfolded when Meriwether was picked up by a friend and taken to a home at Abbott and Pontiac to collect money from a woman named Kennisha. The driver stayed in her car, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court. 

The driver heard one gunshot and Meriwether came running from the home, collapsing in the street, nearly under the car, court documents said. The shooting occurred a few blocks from Fort Wayne Fire Station No. 9 on East Pontiac Street.

The driver got Meriwether into the car and drove to Woodview Manor Apartments near Stellhorn and Hobson roads to pick up a friend of Meriwether's. According to the Fort Wayne police activity log, the shooting was called in to police dispatch at 3:05 p.m. Medics rushed to Santa Lisa Court and Vance Avenue where the driver had stopped after dispatchers told her to pull over.

Emergency personnel took Meriwether to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to court records. 

Jackson did not call police after the shooting, but police tracked the incident to Jackson's home where she told them Meriwether showed up and pulled a gun on her. When he dropped the gun, she picked it up and shot him, she told Detectives Andrew Noll and Bryce Zolman. At the police station, Jackson asked for a lawyer and made no statement, court documents said. 

A witness at the Jackson house told detectives she heard Jackson and Meriwether arguing and walked downstairs to see what was going on.

She got halfway down the stairs and saw both of them standing with guns at their sides. She went back upstairs and heard one gunshot, but this time, she didn't go down to see what happened, court records said. 

Police found blood on the porch, front doorway and living room, although the home appeared to have been cleaned up before detectives arrived. Police also found one bullet hole in the front door, which appeared to have been open at the time of the shooting, court records said.

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