Michael Young appears in court on murder charge

Michael Young, pictured left, of Mishawaka is charged in the shooting death of Markest Flowers...
Michael Young, pictured left, of Mishawaka is charged in the shooting death of Markest Flowers on Tuesday night in downtown South Bend. (WNDU)
Published: Jun. 2, 2016 at 4:49 PM EDT
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A Mishawaka man is facing a murder charge following a downtown shooting that happened in South Bend on Tuesday night.

Michael Young hired an attorney after the downtown incident, who he says told him to cooperate.

The circumstances leading up to the killing are unclear, but right now it appears that two men with troubled pasts crossed paths Tuesday night in what became a fatal encounter.

Traffic resumes in downtown South Bend just a few days after a deadly shooting.

One gunshot forever changed the lives of two men.

Police found Markest Flowers' body in the street at Main and Colfax, shot in the head.

Michael Young, who was carrying two handguns at the time, gave himself up.

In court Thursday, Young told the judge he's a Vietnam War veteran who's currently taking medication.

He remains in the St. Joseph County jail without bond.

Investigators say Flowers was walking downtown before he was approached by Young.

While Young appears to have no prior criminal record, Flowers has been arrested eight times over five years in both South Bend and Mishawaka for intimidation, criminal mischief, battery and robbery.

When talking with detectives, Young told them he pulled his gun because he felt threatened.

Young will appear in court again on June 16th.

Flowers was arrested in connection with three downtown South Bend robberies in 2014. Those cases took around two years to go to trial.

In March of this year, Judge Elizabeth Hurley dismissed two of the counts and found Flowers not guilty of the third count.