Charges dropped against homicide suspect

2014-05-09T18:09:00Z 2014-05-09T23:53:04Z Charges dropped against homicide suspectElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 662-5331 nwitimes.com

GARY | A murder charge was dismissed after officials verified a suspect's alibi that he was in jail during a 2013 fatal shooting.

John L. Edmonds, 24, of Gary, was charged April 16 in the death of Tyrisce Calhoun who was gunned down Aug. 8 at Oak Knoll Apartments in the 4400 block of West 23rd Avenue in Gary.

Calhoun, 33, of Gary, was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died Sept. 10, according to court records.

A witness to the shooting told police a man named "Jon Jon" and Darvell M. Sewood confronted Calhoun outside the apartment complex and fired several shots at Calhoun, according to the affidavit. The witness later identified Edmonds as "Jon Jon" after police showed the witness various photos. 

Days after he was charged, prosecutors filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss the murder charge, because Edmonds was in custody at the Lake County Jail when the shooting occurred. The charge was officially dismissed April 22, according to a court order.

Gary police said Calhoun was shot about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 8.  

According to court records, Edmonds was arrested July 30 on a warrant after he failed to appear in court for a hearing on charges of possession of a controlled substance, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana.

The morning of Aug. 8, Edmonds appeared in Lake County Criminal Court where a judge agreed to set bail at $10,000, according to court records. 

Edmonds posted bail later that day, court records state.

Sewood, 24, of Gary, still faces a murder charge in the death of Calhoun. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 8. 

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