The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:00 am

40-year-old ex-con 1st homicide victim

Indianapolis man convicted in '98 for murder; out last year

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The man found shot to death Tuesday near railroad tracks on Fort Wayne's southeast side was convicted as a teenager of murder in Indianapolis in 1998. 

Marlon Lee Kimbrough, 40, was found in the 4600 block of Oxford Street, near Meyer Road. Railroad workers called police around 9 a.m. Tuesday to report a body, and investigators determined he had not been struck by a train.

The death was deemed suspicious by investigators, and the Allen County coroner's office said Friday that Kimbrough had been shot multiple times.

It is Allen County's first homicide this year. There were 29 homicides in 2019 and 46 in 2018. 

Kimbrough was 17 when Antonio Harrison was shot to death in 1997. The slaying happened during an argument on the northwest side of Indianapolis, according to court documents, and an autopsy showed Harrison was shot twice – once in the chest and once in an arm. 

Kimbrough and Lamont Rice each fired shots at Harrison, and it is not clear from court records who fired the fatal shot. 

Jurors in 1998 convicted Kimbrough of murder and carrying a handgun without a license, and he was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Under prior state sentencing laws, inmates could get a day of credit for each day served with good behavior, potentially cutting their sentences in half.

It's not clear when he was released, but Kimbrough in December told WISH-TV in Indianapolis he had been free for nine months and was working with veterans with drug and alcohol addictions.

Indiana Department of Correction officials did not return messages Friday. 

“As a teenager, you think you know it all, so I fell into the wrong crowd and went against all the positive that was in my life and just took a journey down the wrong road, and it cost me,” Kimbrough told the television station. “It cost me a lot. It cost me 22 years.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Detective Bureau at 260-427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

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