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Man on trial for allegedly shooting woman after car crash

Willie L. Amos
Willie L. Amos
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Monday, August 07, 2017 04:44 pm

A man who allegedly engaged in a vehicle chase with a woman he once dated and allegedly shot her after she crashed her vehicle last summer is on trial this week for attempted murder in Allen Superior Court.

Willie L. Amos, 40, of the 3100 block of McDonald Street, is charged with attempted murder and dealing in a Schedule 1, 2 or 3 controlled substance.

After the jury and two alternates were selected, the prosecution and defense delivered opening statements outlining the sequence of events Aug. 24.

Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Christine Neilson told the jury Amos "was intent on killing" the victim, a woman with whom he engaged in a car chase and shot from 5 feet away after they crashed.

Neilson said their relationship ended in April 2016, but during the evening of Aug. 24, Amos chased her vehicle with his own. Both vehicles crashed on Fairfield Avenue, and Amos allegedly climbed out of his SUV's window, approaching the victim and shooting her from 5 feet away. The woman was shot in the leg twice and in the back once as she was on the ground in a fetal position.

Neilson also told the jury several witnesses either approached Amos or stood in front of the woman to protect her as he cupped a silver handgun in both hands and fired.

Police arrested Amos a short distance away with a silver handgun in his possession that Neilson said matches the bullets from the crime scene.

Police also found 40 grams of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a cellphone and a Ball mason jar containing a chunky weedy substance weighing 478 grams, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case, resulting in the drug charge.

Defense attorney Anthony Churchward didn't dispute Neilson's facts, but he added, "She's not dead. It's not attempted murder... If he wanted her dead, she wouldn't be testifying."

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