Jason De’Andre Harris : “Muncie Man Convicted of Murder and Other Felony Charges Following Jury Trial”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — A Muncie man has been found guilty of murder and several other felony charges following a jury trial this week. Jason De’Andre Harris, 34, was convicted of a level 1 felony charge for murder, a level 3 felony for criminal confinement, a level 4 felony for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and a level 6 felony for obstruction of justice. He was also convicted of a misdemeanor charge of theft.

Harris, who had previous felony convictions for aggravated battery, was identified as a habitual offender. The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office announced the verdict, stating that Harris will now face the consequences of brutally executing Erik Sparks on a cold and dark night last February.

The case began when Muncie police received a missing person report on February 8. Officers were called to a home on South Clark Street, where a man staying at the residence informed them that he had been involved in a verbal dispute with Harris the previous night during a house party. According to court documents, Harris allegedly pulled a gun on the man. The roommate and homeowner, Erik Sparks, wanted Harris to leave. However, when the man woke up the next morning, Sparks was missing.

The man confronted Harris about Sparks’s whereabouts, and Harris made a motion with his hand, indicating that Erik was dead. Harris later told the police that he and Sparks had gone to the Cardinal Greenway trail to urinate, where they were approached by someone who put them on their knees and shot Sparks in the head. Harris claimed that he dragged Sparks’s body into the woods and attempted to conceal it with snow because he feared that authorities would not believe his story.

During the trial, Harris admitted to shooting Sparks three to four times with a .40 caliber handgun. He claimed to have blacked out during the incident and only realized what he had done after regaining consciousness.

Harris will be sentenced on January 18, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. in Delaware Circuit Court 5. Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman expressed gratitude for the jury’s verdict and hopes that it will be the first step in the healing process for Erik Sparks’s family and friends. He commended the co-counsel, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Zach Craig, Prosecutor’s Investigators Gala Laughner and Heather Stanley, as well as the Muncie Police Detectives for their dedication and hard work in the case.

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