An Elkhart judge has entered a preliminary plea of not guilty for a 14-year-old boy in a case of armed robbery that resulted in murder.
Kei’Shawn Chew is charged as an adult in the shooting death of Brandon Jackson on June 23. He’s also accused of taking part in an armed robbery at a 1st Source Bank branch on July 29, according to the Elkhart Truth.
Chew’s case was transferred from Elkhart County Juvenile Court last week when court officials felt that his pattern of behavior was worsening despite their best efforts.
In the bank robbery, Chew reportedly pointed himself out to investigators on recorded footage as he allegedly held customers and employees at gunpoint while two others took money from the vault. One of the two is allegedly 20-year-old Joemongee White, who’s also charged in Jackson’s death. $50,000 in cash was taken, but later discarded when a dye pack and irritant went off in the bag.
In Jackson’s shooting, it’s believed Chew waited outside while he informed the others involved where Jackson kept his valuables.
Chew has been transferred to the Elkhart County Correctional Facility.