A second man has pleaded guilty to his part in the death of Robert J. Moore last September.
Trevon N. Sullivan, 22, 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.
Sullivan also must testify against a third man, who is believed to have fired the fatal shot that killed Moore and is incarcerated in Illinois. He has not been charged yet in association with the homicide.
During the change of plea hearing, Sullivan said he drove the shooter to and from the crime scene Sept. 20, when Moore, 55, was mistaken for a rival gang member as he stood on his sister's porch in the 4100 block of Avondale Drive. Moore's sister told police she heard shots ring out at about 11 p.m. While she didn't see who fired the gun, she saw "numerous" flashes before finding Moore lying on her porch, a probable-cause affidavit said. Moore was pronounced dead at 11:36 p.m. from a single gunshot wound to his chest.
Sullivan also told police during a Feb. 14 interview that he drove Spencer and two other people to the area of the shooting. He told police he knew the individuals were armed and that they planned on shooting rival gang members who were standing on a porch. He said Spencer and two others exited the car and walked between the houses and allegedly fired several shots before returning to the car and he drove away, the affidavit said.
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 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.