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Monday, July 09, 2018 1:00 am

Warrant issued in April 1 slaying

Murder charge filed; 2 were killed that day

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Joshua A. Smiley was charged Friday in Allen Superior Court with murder, with an additional charge for using a firearm in the commission of an offense where death results, in connection with a shooting death April 1.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday, according to court documents.

Two men were killed in Fort Wayne on April 1 in separate cases, but it is unclear which slaying Smiley is wanted for. An affidavit providing details on the murder charge was not available Sunday.

Shaun Deon Ware, 45, was killed about 5 a.m. in the 2200 block of Eckhart Street.

Javon T. Burnett, 26, was killed April 1 at The Summit at Ridgewood Apartments near Memorial Coliseum.

About 10 a.m. he was getting ready to meet his parents for an Easter service when he was killed, according to his mother, Cynthia Gardner.

Smiley, who is about 22 now, was charged but never tried in the September 2015 shooting death of Alonna Allison.

Smiley was one of three men, all 19 at the time, charged in August 2016 with criminal recklessness in the teen's death.

The charges came nearly a year after the 17-year-old Concordia High School student's death, which happened as she was attending a bonfire in the 2500 block of Schaper Drive.

Nearly 100 people were gathered in front of a vacant home when rival gang members opened fire. A stray bullet struck Allison, and she died around midnight.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards dropped the criminal recklessness charges in May 2017 after three witnesses backed out. Her office used the remaining months in the year to take the case to court in hopes the witnesses would come forward again. They had identified Smiley and two others as the ones who fired their guns, Richards said at the time.

jduffy@jg.net