South Bend man found guilty of reckless homicide for 2021 shooting death

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

A South Bend man has been found guilty for his role in the shooting death of another man.

Quincy Lunford, 21, was charged with Reckless Homicide. The jury also found Lunford guilty of armed robbery and a firearm enhancement.

An investigation by the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit found that Blankenship was fatally shot in the back of the head in the 500 block of W. Marion Street in South Bend.

The two men met a few days before, when Blankenship gave Lunford clothes to wear, because Lunford was homeless, according to court documents.

Blankenship’s girlfriend said she saw Lunford walking around with a gun. Later that night, as Blankenship and his girlfriend tried to fix a snowblower, there was a loud “pop.”

Another person inside the house says they saw Lunford standing at the back door with a rifle. After this sighting, several people called 911 to report a man walking down Lincolnway West, holding a rifle.

A man also called police to report his car had been stolen by a man with a rifle.

St. Joseph County police eventually found Lunford by a crashed van with the rifle in his hands. He was arrested, and later admitted to both shooting Blankenship and stealing the man’s van.

Lunford will be sentenced on Feb. 13.

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DAVID A KRIEGEL January 14, 2023 at 4:42 pm

Question he was acquitted of murder. I am not a lawyer but how can he be innocents of murder when he killed a man by shooting him on the back of the head????

Adam January 17, 2023 at 11:54 am

David, it St. Joseph County that’s how. The prosecutor’s office and the judges are too lenient on criminals. Nobody was running against the prosecutor in the last election. I guess the people must think he’s doing a good job.

Paula Lydia Castillo March 9, 2023 at 11:25 pm

Innocent until proven Guilty!


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