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Police capture 2nd suspect in triple slaying

January 28, 2019

The search for a man wanted on murder charges ended with an arrest early Sunday within a mile of the Thanksgiving Day triple-homicide crime scene, Fort Wayne police said in a statement.

Police detectives and officers surrounded Gerald Pinkston’s south-side residence about 12:45 a.m. They used a distraction device to lure the 22-year-old outside after he refused orders to exit the home, police said.

The Dunbar Lane residence is within minutes’ driving distance from Downington Drive, where Joevonn M. Johnson, 23; Colton D. Messmer, 20; and Tracey A. Andrews, 21; were fatally shot Thanksgiving night. Two others were shot but survived.

Pinkston, who was taken into custody without incident, was charged with three counts of murder and was being held in the Allen County Jail, police said.

Another man, Kameron Joyner, was formally charged in November in connection with the case. He faces three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of felony criminal recklessness.

Joyner was arrested at a traffic stop at Rudisill Boulevard and Clinton Street shortly after the shootings. He told police he had an accomplice but gave a fictitious name, according to court documents. Victims and witnesses, however, named Pinkston as the other shooter.

Both men went to the Downington address to kill Messmer for a drug debt, court records said.

Joyner is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 22 for a pretrial conference. His trial is slated to begin Aug. 13.

asloboda@jg.net

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