|Jarrell Tucker, age 13|
Jarrell had recently been in trouble, including involvement in a recent robbery and beating, and came from a broken home.
From an article:
Tucker died at Riley Hospital on Monday afternoon after being shot Sunday night on North Denny Street on the Eastside.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed this afternoon in Marion Superior Court, Beard’s son told detectives that Jarrell tried to rob Beard’s brother in front of Beard’s house. Beard came out of the house to assist his brother, then punched Jarrell, according to the affidavit.
Beard’s brother then left in a car and Jarrell chased it with a brick. Jarrell returned to Beard’s back porch with another youth when Beard allegedly shot him twice, once in the head and once in the leg.
“I have to go,” Beard allegedly said afterward, and fled in a red pick-up.
Beard denied to police that he shot Jarrell and denied that he had a gun. He said he left the scene before the shooting.
Beard has a past criminal record. He was released from the Indiana Department of Correction last September after serving about two years of a six-year sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious felon. According to online DOC records, the Marion County conviction was for a Class B felony, just below the most serious Class A felony category.A related article.