Elkhart teen convicted of 2018 murder

("My Trusty Gavel" by Brian Turner, CC BY 2.0)

An Elkhart teenager has been convicted of a murder he committed when he was 13 years old. Alphonso James was accused of repeatedly shooting Jaren Minies, 18, in a dispute over a gun, money and a video game system in 2018.

Court documents say Minies met with James to sell him an Xbox in exchange for a gun. Before the deal was closed, however, James tried to steal another gun Minies was carrying, shooting him seven times in the process.

Minies died before he got to the hospital. James was convicted on Wednesday. The prosecutor chose to charge James as an adult, as he is now 16.


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