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Man charged in September 2016 murder case of mistaken identity

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017 01:02 pm

After two of his accomplices pleaded guilty for their part in the murder of Robert J. Moore last September, the alleged gunman has formally been charged with murder.

Derek R. Ford, 19, of the 5200 block of Gaywood Drive, was charged Tuesday in Allen Superior Court with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of the an offense for the homicide of Moore as he stood on his sister's porch at about 11 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 4100 block of Avondale Drive — mistaken for a rival gang member.

Moore was the 35th homicide in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2016.

Kahmarri Z. Spencer, 19, of the 1900 block of Hobson Road, pleaded guilty Friday in Allen Superior Court to aiding in an aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. Since it is an open plea, Spencer can be sentenced on Nov. 17 to between three and 16 years, as the court deems proper, in exchange for the murder charge and a firearms enhancement being dismissed in this case, as well as a misdemeanor firearms charge in an unrelated case.

Trevon N. Sullivan, 22, also of the 1900 block of Hobson Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to a single count of assisting a criminal, a Level 5 felony. The open plea means Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull can sentence Sullivan anywhere from one to six years, if she accepts the plea agreement. An aiding in murder charge would be dismissed at sentencing Nov. 3.

Both also must testify against Ford as part of their plea agreements.

A warrant was issued for Ford's arrest, although the Allen County Prosecutor's Office had indicated Ford was incarcerated in Illinois on an unrelated offense.

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