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Teen’s murder trial to start on Dec. 3

September 21, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY – A teenager charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a man outside her sister’s home this summer is set to face a jury.

Jae’vianne “Precious” Aldridge, 18, appeared for her omnibus hearing in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Thursday, at which time her trial was scheduled to start Dec. 3.

She has until her final pretrial conference on Nov. 1 to enter a plea agreement with the state, if one can be reached.

Aldridge was identified by at least four eyewitnesses as the shooter who killed 32-year-old Joseph Pryor in the 100 block of North Woodland Avenue on July 25, according to Michigan City Police.

The shooting stemmed from an altercation earlier in the day at Lakeland Estates on Karwick Road, in which a juvenile girl claimed to have been jumped by multiple people, including Aldridge’s sister, 20-year-old Alicefayia “Lil Mama” Fleming, police said.

The girl told police she was on the phone with her older sister when the fight started. After it ended, the girl’s older sister contacted Aldridge, who invited them to continue the fight at Fleming’s house, police said.

When the girl and her family members arrived, another altercation ensued, ending when Aldridge came out of the house and shot Pryor in the head, according to police.

Pryor was the uncle of the juvenile who was beaten in the fight at Lakeland Estates.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 10:43 p.m., and arrived to a find a large crowd had gathered, with more people still arriving.

They recovered a .380 semi-automatic Taurus handgun inside Fleming’s residence.

Pryor was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City, where he was pronounced dead.

Aldridge was located the following day and arrested on a murder charge.

Her girlfriend, Cashmier Richmond, 20, was also arrested on an unrelated warrant at the couple’s apartment in Normandy Village. When police found her, Richmond was attempting to flush .380-caliber bullets down the toilet, police said.

At the time of the shooting, Aldridge was free on bond from an unrelated case in which she is charged with felony counts of pointing a firearm and theft of a firearm, and a misdemeanor count of carrying a handgun without a license.

She remains at the La Porte County Jail on a $1 million bond.

The probable cause document in the murder case notes police have taken into evidence a video of the fight at Lakeland Estates, and another video of the shooting.

Richmond is being held on a $2,000 bond, and is facing felony charges of obstruction of justice and identity deception, and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and false informing.

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