Darius Printup pleads guilty to dealing meth and conspiracy to commit burglary

Printup was acquitted in the shooting and killing of a local art teacher in 2017.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 12:41 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2020 1:17 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Darius Printup accepted a guilty plea agreement to two charges on Friday: dealing methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit burglary. He was originally facing charges of information of burglary and information of theft; however those charges are now part of the consipracy to commit burglary count.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington said he is facing 14 to 17 years in prison. 

According to court documents, police received a call of a burglary complaint at a home on Berkley Road in Lafayette on November 29th, 2017. The home belonged to Brendan Weaver, who was incarcerated at the time. Weaver's mom told police she went to her son's home to get some items when she found the back door standing open and the doorknob was off.

Officer Prothero investigated and reported that some TVs were missing and a PS4 gaming system. A neighbor provided police with security camera from her residence. Documents say the video showed a car that looked like Printup's parked in the driveway on the morning of November 26th, 2017. The video also showed a man about Printup's size wearing a hoodie.

On December 22nd, 2017, Printup was arrested by the Kokomo Police Department on a Tippecanoe County warrant. Police found an iPhone and a PS4 system when he was arrested.

The PS4 was forensically examined and investigators found accounts for Printup and Nik Weaver, who is Brendan Weaver's brother. Nik was keeping Brendan's PS4 for him and he told police that no one had permission to take it from the home.

Police also examined Printup's iPhone. GPS location coordinates show that the phone was inside Weaver's home on the morning of November 26.

According to court documents, on March 23rd, 2019, Police were patrolling in the area of U.S. 52 and Duncan Road when they saw a vehicle driving above the speed limit. Deputy Sliger with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office pulled the vehicle over and Printup was the only person inside. While Deputy Sliger checked his documents, Deputy Jones said he saw a plastic baggie tucked between the sliding glass sunroof and visor.

The deputies said the baggie had blue and yellow pills in it, which tested positive as ecstasy, a schedule I controlled substance. During a later search, deputies found a hydrocodone pill in the middle console. Printup did not have a prescription for hydrocodone. They also found numerous empty plastic baggies in the back seat, which are commonly used in packing controlled substances for delivery.

Deputy Sliger also found a plastic baggie with a white substance inside the gas cap. The substance later tested positive as meth. 

This isn't the first time Printup has passed through the criminal court system. He was acquitted in the shooting and killing of art teacher Kristi Redmon in 2017. He was found guilty on unrelated drugs and weapons charges in 2018. 

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