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Police arrest suspect in deadly South Bend shooting

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 4:25 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Police have arrested a woman in connection with a deadly shooting this past weekend in South Bend.

21-year-old J’Ya Damona McKelry of Mishawaka was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on preliminary suspicion of Murder and Attempted Murder, as well as an outstanding and unrelated warrant out of Cook County, Illinois.

This comes after Charles Edwards was shot and killed on Sunday, June 20 in the area of Olive and Elwood.

More information in press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

St. Joseph County –Today J’Ya Damona McKelry, 21 of Mishawaka, was arrested in connection with a St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) investigation. She was taken into custody today at CMHU in connection with the June 20, 2021 shooting death of Charles Edwards, 41 (Olive and Elwood, South Bend).

J’Ya McKelry was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on preliminary suspicion of Murder and Attempted Murder, as well as an outstanding and unrelated warrant out of Cook County, Illinois.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office continues to review this arrest, and expects a charging decision to be made in the next 48 hours.

This remains an active and on-going investigation. CMHU thanks Michiana Crime Stoppers for their assistance with this investigation. Investigators are still seeking a white female and the Chrysler Aspen previously broadcast to the public by Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information is asked to contact CMHU at 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Please be advised that Ms. McKelry was booked into the Jail on preliminary suspicion only and is presumed innocent until and unless charged and convicted in a court of law.

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