Three teens waived to adult court in shooting death of two-year-old


Eight people have been arrested in connection with two-year-old John Swoveland Jr.'s death.

Three of them are juveniles and are being held at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Late Friday afternoon, all three were waived to adult court.

Tyre Bradbury, 15, faces a charge of aiding in murder and gang enhancement. Cedric Washington Jr., 15, and Malcolm Buchanon, 17, are accused of gang enhancement and assisting a criminal.

The state also filed criminal gang sentencing enhancements against all three juveniles.

Motions to waive the juveniles to adult court were filed in juvenile court on April 17.

A number of deciding factors came into play, but one of the largest ones was whether or not a teen can be rehabilitated in the Juvenile Justice System.

In this case, the judge decided it wouldn't be possible. The judge mentioned in the beginning before proceedings began that all three teens had presented "substantial behavioral problems" in the dention center. One probation officer testified that Buchanon had to be pepper sprayed before he walked into court. He was forced to remain in handcuffs. All three teens had to keep the restraints on their feet on during the court hearing.

Before the teens were waived, the judge first needed to find probable cause in the case.

Two detectives from the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide unit testified about what the teens were doing the day the toddler was shot, and when they were arrested.

Allegedly, all of them are a part of a gang from the east side.

They were prepared to fight a gang from the west side.

The 17-year-old, Malcolm Buchanon, allegedly asked his brother to back up him at the fight the day of the shooting. He was "jumped" by a member of the west side the day before Swoveland was shot and wanted to retaliate.

Washington agreed to hide shell casings and a gun, key evidence from police. An older member of the east side gang unit asked Washington to do it.

Another teen is accused of bringing a sawed-off shot gun to the scene. He never fired the weapon. It was one of three guns brought to the fight by the east side gang.

At Friday's hearing, the magistrate set Buchanon's bond at $5,000.

Washington's bond was set at $10,000 for this incident, and $1,000 was set in an escape charge from a separate incident that was also waived to adult court at this hearing.

Tyre Bradbury is being held without bond.

There are eight people charged in this case, and they're all part of the same gang.

Only one man from the west side gang showed up to the confrontation, and he has not been arrested.


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