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Shell case links man to slaying off Rudisill

Thomas
Borum

– A man accused of riddling another man's body with hollow-point bullets Tuesday confessed the killing to police after they picked him up, according to court records filed Wednesday.

A motive for the shooting death of 22-year-old Gerelle Ramone Borum, which took place in a south-side neighborhood near where Taylor University-Fort Wayne used to be located, has not been released.

But Josiah Christopher Thomas apparently admitted to the killing shortly after Borum fell to the ground bleeding on a sidewalk, drawing onlookers and witnesses who readily cooperated with police.

Thomas, 22, told detectives he shot Borum with a .32-caliber handgun that he loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to an Allen Superior Court probable cause affidavit.

Charged with a preliminary count of murder, Thomas was arrested in a truck that witnesses reported seeing in the area about the time of the shooting.

Also inside the truck was a shell casing that connects Thomas to the shooting, according to the affidavit.

When interviewed, Thomas said he saw Borum walking on the sidewalk while driving down Rudisill near Indiana Avenue, the affidavit said.

He slowed down to make sure it was indeed Borum, he told detectives in the affidavit, then stopped his vehicle to shoot him.

"(Thomas) stated he knew he had hit Gerelle in the leg because he saw Gerelle jump," a city police detective wrote in the affidavit.

Several people called 911 reporting gunshots at 1:10 p.m., and soon thereafter, Borum was found crumpled on the sidewalk amid some spent shell casings.

Medics took him to a hospital in critical condition where he later died. His death was declared a homicide.

Witnesses gave police a description of a red and white truck that fled the scene. Officers pulled over a truck matching that description near Rudisill and Lafayette Street, about a mile away. Thomas was driving.

"During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a shell casing was found in the driver's compartment which was of the same caliber and make of the shell casings located at the scene of the murder," a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Thomas, of the 6200 block of Salisbury Drive, has no previous felony convictions as an adult. But he was sentenced to serve time in community corrections in 2010 for a misdemeanor count of carrying a handgun without a license.

He was being held in Allen County Jail without bail.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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