The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 1:00 am

Barbershop murder sees 2nd arrest

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

A second arrest has been made in a shooting that took place just north of downtown Fort Wayne nearly one year ago, city police announced Monday. 

Jamari Dodson, 20, of Fort Wayne was charged with murder in the April 9 death of barbershop owner Michael LoVett Jr. 

Dodson's older brother was charged and convicted of murder late last year for his role in LoVett's death. 

According to court documents, LoVett, who owned Legendary Barbershop at 1718 Lake Ave., had gotten into an argument with James Dodson Jr., 35, over religion.

The elder Dodson left the shop about 5:30 p.m. and returned a half-hour later with two other men.

Surveillance camera footage from the nearby BP gas station shows Dodson Jr. backing his gold Lexus SUV into a parking spot at the gas station.

He then crosses the street while two others, one of them allegedly Jamari Dodson, approach on foot. The third man has not been identified.

Investigators found 17 shell casings at the scene. LoVett was shot multiple times including two fatal wounds to the head and abdomen.

Dodson Jr. fled the state and was later arrested by U.S. marshals in Starkville, Mississippi. He was convicted in Allen Superior Court and in November was sentenced to 871/2 years in prison.

Police have always known that two shooters were involved in the slaying, Fort Wayne Police spokeswoman Sofia Rosales-Scatena said in a news release Monday, “but had to wait until confirmation, by DNA, that the suspect was involved in the shooting death of LoVett.”

Detectives received that confirmation Monday, she said. 

Dodson was arrested at 6:05 p.m. Monday at Cook and Hanauer roads.

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