Ernest Thornsberry Jr. : “15-year-old boy charged with felony counts in connection to New Castle shooting death”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : A 15-year-old boy from New Castle, Indiana, has been charged with two felony counts in connection to the shooting death of a local man that occurred in May. Adrian J. Dukes faces charges of aiding, inducing, or causing murder and unlawful transfer of a handgun. The charges were filed on November 14 in Henry Circuit Court after Dukes was charged as an adult. It is important to note that the identities of juvenile suspects are typically not disclosed unless they are charged as adults.

In the case, another New Castle juvenile, identified as 14-year-old Quinton Marqtez Vann, was also charged as an adult in August for his alleged involvement in the murder. Vann was preliminarily charged with murder when he was 13 years old at the time of the shooting.

According to court documents, Dukes is accused of supplying the firearm used in the murder. He allegedly provided a handgun to Vann, which belonged to Dukes’ stepfather. The same weapon was later found in a storage shed near a residence, wrapped in a white shirt and placed inside a black plastic bag.

The shooting took place on May 2 near South 21 Street and A Avenue. It was initially reported as a hit-and-run incident, but it was later discovered to be a homicide. Witnesses reported that a group of juveniles approached the victim, Ernest Thornsberry Jr., and began yelling insults and throwing rocks at him. Thornsberry produced a pocket knife in an attempt to defend himself, but Vann responded by displaying a 9mm handgun and firing shots at Thornsberry, ultimately causing his death.

Vann initially denied any involvement in the shooting but later admitted to being the one who pulled the trigger. Thornsberry was shot in the head and later died at Henry Community Health.

Both Dukes and Vann are scheduled for trial on March 11 in Henry Circuit Court 1. Vann is currently being held at a juvenile facility in Vincennes. The court determined that it is in the best interest of the community for Dukes to be charged as an adult due to the severity of the crime.

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