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Alleged killer found in Tennessee

April 13, 2019

When police arrived at a South Harrison Street home a few minutes past midnight April 1, they had to force their way in through a rear door.

They found Darius McMorris, 23, of Chicago lying face down in the bathtub. He had been shot to death, according to court records.

Antoine Kelley had picked up McMorris at his Chicago home with three other men to commit a robbery in Fort Wayne, court records said.

Kelley, 28, was arrested Friday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, charged with murder in McMorris’ death, Fort Wayne police said.

Kelley lived in the home at 5419 S. Harrison St. where police said dog feces covered the floors. That night, before the shooting, Kelley went out with Fort Wayne friends and left the Chicago contingent at his home.

When he came back, he was “tweaking on drugs” and talking crazy, witnesses said.

Kelley thought people were out to get him, court documents said.

Kelley then announced he wanted to go to Kroger and that he wanted McMorris to go with him. McMorris agreed to go but said first he wanted to “clean up.”

While he was brushing his teeth and washing his face, Kelley opened the bathroom door and started shooting, court documents said.

At that time, Kelley accused McMorris of “taking him for $300,” court documents said.

During the shooting, two witnesses said they hit the ground and saw Kelley looking at them with the gun in his hand. They were afraid they’d be shot too, court documents said.

When Kelley left the home and got into his vehicle, the two witnesses ran out of the home and one called police, court records said.

Two dogs were found running around the neighborhood after the shooting and taken by Animal Care & Control.

The dogs’ microchips indicated that Kelley was their owner, court documents said.

Witnesses described the gun Kelley used as a Glock with an extended 30-round black-and-red magazine.

Police talked to nearly 10 witnesses, court documents said. One of those recorded a witness describing the shooting as detectives listened, court documents said.

An autopsy conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. Scott Wagner determined McMorris died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Kelley will be extradited to Allen County, police said. 

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