LAFAYETTE — Alexander Garcia-Johnson appeared in the courtroom inside the jail Tuesday afternoon still bearing the bruises and swollen face from Sunday’s early morning fight that ended with the shooting of two brothers, one of whom died, according to police.
Prosecutors asked for — and received — a 72-hour extension to file formal charges against Garcia-Johnson. Currently, he’s jailed on a preliminary charge of suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, this gives prosecutors until Tuesday afternoon to file formal charges. But even if they do not file charges, Garcia-Johnson is not getting out of jail anytime soon.
His bond is set at $500,000 surety and $50,000 cash, and prosecutors received permission for a 15-day hold on Garcia-Johnson’s release to allow them time to decide if they will file a petition to revoke his probation for a burglary conviction.
Garcia-Johnson’s latest legal entanglement stems from Sunday’s shooting at the Twyckenham Apartments.
Garcia-Johnson, 20, fought with 20-year-old Keyonte Billups-Brooks and his younger brother, 18-year-old Jontae Billups-Brooks, according to police.
A woman who lives inside 3117 Rubble Way told police she was awakened by the banging sound in her living room. She walked into the room to see Jontae Billup-Brooks on top of Garcia-Johnson, who had blood on his face, according to a probable cause affidavit to support the prosecution’s request for the extension to file charges.
After police caught Garcia-Johnson Sunday evening, he told investigators that Jontae Billups-Brooks, whom he knew as Jonathan, and Keyonte Billups-Brooks kicked and punched him several times, according to the affidavit. Keyonte Billups-Brooks then stole property from him, according to the affidavit, citing Garcia-Johnson’s statements to detectives.
The affidavit does not indicate what was taken from Garcia-Johnson.
At some point in the fight inside 3117 Rubble Way, a handgun was introduced into the brawl.
Garcia-Johnson admitted to police he possessed a handgun that morning, according to the affidavit, which does not state how the Billups-Brooks brothers were shot or by whom.
Garcia-Johnson is a felon and not permitted to own or possess a firearm, according to Indiana law.
When shots rang out inside 3117 Rumble Way, Keyonte Billups-Brooks was wounded in the arm, and Jontae Billups-Brooks was shot in the abdomen.
Jontae Billups-Brooks died at a local hospital a short time after the 4:30 a.m. Sunday shooting.
Keyonte Billups-Brooks ran away from the scene and later was found in the 3400 block of Coventry Lane, which is in the neighborhood south of the apartment complex.
Keyonte Billups-Brooks refused to cooperate with police in the investigation of his brother’s death, according to the affidavit.
Police caught up with Garcia-Johnson about 14 hours after the shooting. He was arrested in the 300 blocks of Cheshire Drive, which is several blocks west of the apartment complex where the shooting happened.
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