Arraignment updates in murder case of St. Joseph County Corrections Officer Rhema Harris

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(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

The two suspects accused in the drive-by shooting death of St. Joseph County Corrections Officer Rhema Harris have been arraigned.

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police)

Harris was inside her home at the time of the shooting, back in June of 2022, in the 1900 block of Milburn Blvd. Investigators say she was not the intended target.

Braxton Bird, 18, of South Bend was charged with one count of Murder, one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Criminal Recklessness.

Yesterday upon order from the Court, Bird was transported from Logansport Juvenile Correction Facility where he had been detained on a previous unrelated juvenile case, to the St. Joseph County Superior Court. Bird was then arraigned on the charges. The Court ordered Bird to be held without bail, and transported to Pulaski County Jail for safekeeping where he will remain during while the case is pending. Bird’s next court hearing will be an initial hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Sanford on Jan. 17.

Braelyn Rios, 15, of South Bend was waived to Superior Court, in December, and charged with one count of Murder, one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Criminal Recklessness. Upon being charged, Rios was ordered to be held without bail at an Indiana Department of Correction Facility for safekeeping where he remains.

Rios was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and was set to appear in court via video from the IDOC Juvenile Facility.

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