UPDATE: Suspect charged in connection with Sunday double homicide

Murder charges have been filed against the man police believe killed two people and attempted to kill six others Sunday morning in South Bend, Ind.

Brandon Biffle, 29, now faces nine felony charge including murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness.

Court documents indicate that Biffle stayed at the home of 53-year-old Johnnie Avance, one of the victims, Saturday night. He is believed to have shot Avance the next morning while he lay on the couch in his own living room.

Witnesses say Biffle then went outside and shot Donald Paris, Sr. Paris collpased to the ground, and Biffle then reportedly crossed the street and shot Paris again in the head.

Biffle also shot at passing cars and pointed his gun at Paris' wife, according to charging documents.

Police arrived on the scene and instructed Biffle to put his handgun down. An affidavit from a St. Joseph Count Metro Homicide Unit investigator states that Biffle went on to open fire on four officers.

This is not the first time Biffle has faced a murder charge.

In 1999, he was accused of killing a 21-year-old man. He was detained for two years until the case was dismissed in superior court.

The judge found that Biffle's confession had been encouraged by his uncle -- who is said to not have had the teenager's best interest in mind.

Biffle has also faced battery, theft and drug possession charges.

He was originally arrested this week due to an outstanding Marion County warrant.

Biffle is still recuperating from injuries at Memorial Hospital.


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