MICHIGAN CITY | Police arrested a 20-year-old Michigan City man Saturday in the shooting death of Simone Bush, 24, of Michigan City.
Brian Taylor, who may have been Bush's boyfriend, is facing a preliminary charge of murder, a Class A felony, an official said.
LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said a preliminary charge was necessary to meet the requirement under Indiana statute of taking legal action against a crime suspect within 48 hours of detention.
Taylor reportedly showed up at 6:30 a.m. Friday at the Michigan City police station despondent, but unwilling to share what he was troubled over, police said.
After speaking with family members and friends of Bush, police went to her two-story home at 675 County Line Road near Indiana State Prison and found her deceased.
Authorities were not disclosing how many times she was shot or where until after the autopsy, which is expected Monday, Szilagyi said.
Had there not been a preliminary charge, Taylor would have been ordered released by Sunday while police continued to try and build a strong enough case against him, Szilagyi said.
"We're charging him to hold him," said Szilagyi, who noted formal charges likely will be sought as soon as Monday depending on progress made in the investigation.
He said a judge might be asked to authorize a lesser charge than murder while the findings are still being gathered and reviewed.
Szilagyi said Taylor, Bush, her grandparents and possibly others were in the home when the shooting happened. Police do not have a motive regarding what prompted the shooting.
"As far as we know, they may have been boyfriend/girlfriend. That's all we know," Szilagyi said of the connection between the suspect and victim.