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Affidavit: Drugs may have motivated Thanksgiving shootings

November 26, 2018

When police arrived around 10:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving to the home at 6116 Downingtown Drive, they found Kyle Wagner bleeding on the porch.

He had been shot in the face.

Inside the home, two men and a woman : Joevonn M. Johnson, 23, Colton D. Messmer, 20, and Tracey A. Andrews, 21 : were dead. They had been shot to death.

A fifth victim, Teryle King, was shot in the back.

Wagner told investigators Kameron Joyner and Gerald Pinkston “were the ones who did the shooting” before he was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis because “his condition was extremely critical,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday in Allen Superior Court.

King picked Joyner and Pinkston out of a photo lineup as the killers, but he also told police he didn’t see Pinkston with a gun. A woman who was home at the time of the shooting told police both men might have fired shots but later said she is certain Joyner was the shooter, the affidavit states.

Joyner, 22, was arrested Friday morning in a traffic stop at East Rudisill Boulevard and South Clinton Street and was charged Monday with five counts of aggravated battery. He was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Police have said they’re looking for Pinkston, 22.

The two-page affidavit provides a gruesome narrative that suggests the slayings might have been motivated by drugs.

Messmer was selling marijuana from the house, King told police. Wagner said two men were trying to rob them when he was shot, court documents state.

King said he was at the home when Joyner and Pinkston arrived. “After a few minutes,” he heard gunshots and Joyner yelled for someone to be shot, the affidavit alleges.

“King advised that he ran toward a rear bedroom and saw Gerald Pinkston in the hallway and did not see him with a gun,” the document states. “King advised that when he ran into the room he realized he was shot in the back.”

A neighbor told police he’d just returned home when he heard several gunshots. The witness said he saw two men leave the nearby house through a garage and “were holding book bags as if they were trying to zip them up with things inside.”

He told investigators he saw the men : one with “short hair with possible twists wearing all black,” according to the affidavit : get into a white Chevy crossover with an Indiana University license plate and leave.

Police stopped a white GMC with a specialty plate at 1:46 a.m. Friday, and Joyner was inside.

“It should be noted that Kameron Joyner was dressed in all back and (has) twists in his hair thus matching the description given by (the witness),” the affidavit states.

Joyner is scheduled to appear Thursday in court, where he will be formally charged.

Neither he nor Pinkston have serious criminal records.

Pinkston had been scheduled to go to trial Nov. 14 on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, but that was canceled after he registered for a pretrial diversion program, court records show.

Joyner admitted to speeding in 2016, according to the records.

mleblanc@jg.net

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