Murder charges filed in 2010 death of South Bend teen

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South Bend, Ind. More than 4 years after the shooting death of 17-year-old Bernard Vaughn, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit announced charges in the murder.

Dionte Jarrell Calhoun has been charged with the murder of Bernard Vaughn. Calhoun, 23, is wanted by police and his arrest has been authorized by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office.

Police say his last known address was 121 N. Edison Street in South Bend.

Family members discovered Vaughn 's body inside his Mayflower Road home on the evening of July 21, 2010. An autopsy determined that Vaughn died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Charging documents revealed that Calhoun admitted on several occasions, and in the company of a numerous witnesses, that he was the one who shot Vaughn.

Investigators said Calhoun also expressed his intent to rob Vaughn of drugs and money.

The affidavit also said Calhoun admitted to shooting Vaughn multiple times in the back of the head with a semiautomatic, .038 caliber handgun. According to the documents, one witness was familiar with Dionte Calhoun having a small .038 prior to the death of Vaughn, but after the murder "did not see Calhoun with the weapon anymore."
Police said the family played a big role in pushing to solve this case over the years.

"This was very difficult on Bernard's mother," explained Lt. Dave Wells, of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide. "Not only did she lose her baby boy, but she lost her brother who was also the victim of a murder in South Bend. She has suffered greatly, and it has only strengthened our resolve to give her some closure and to help her out with her suffering."

Two weeks before his murder, Vaughn testified in a homicide trial. Police thoroughly investigated the possibility of his death being connected to that trial, but police have since ruled it out.

The investigation took longer than usual because many of the actors in the case are believed to have gang connections. Investigators also had to travel across the country for witness testimony.

Metro Homicide is appealing to the public to help them find Calhoun. He was last seen in South Bend as recently as this summer, but police say he also has ties to Chicago. Police are warning that Calhoun should be considered armed and dangerous.


Dionte Jarrell Calhoun
"Clearly this was an assassination" -- Metro Homicide on the death of Bernard Vaughn.