Judge grants 72 hour hold for man accused in Lafayette homicide

A judge has granted a 72 hour extension for formal charges to be filed for the man accused of shooting and killing a teen and his brother Sunday.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2018 4:01 PM
Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 6:12 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A judge has granted a 72 hour extension for formal charges to be filed for the man accused of fatally shooting and killing a teen and injuring his brother Sunday. Alexander Garcia-Johnson cooperated with authorities Tuesday in his first court appearance.

The holiday and the weekend doesn't count, so prosecutors have until Tuesday to file formal charges.

Garcia-Johnson responded with a quick "yes" or "no" when asked questions in the courtroom at the Tippecanoe County Jail. Otherwise, he remained silent.

According to court documents, a woman who lives on Rubble Way told police she was woken up by a loud bang and saw Jontae Billups-Brooks on top of Alexander Garcia-Johnson. The woman also said she saw blood on Garcia-Johnson's face. 

According to court documents, Garcia-Johnson told police he was punched and kicked multiple times by a person named "Jonathan." Garcia-Johnson said another person "KeeKee" stole items from him. Garcia-Johnson admitted to having a firearm at the apartment, according to prosecutors.

Keyonte Billups-Brooks refused to cooperate with police during the investigation, according to prosecutors.

LPD officers responded to a call of several shots fired at 3117 Rubble Way around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 18. When officers arrived, they found 18-year old Jontae Billups-Brooks with one gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Franciscan Health Lafayette East where he was later pronounced dead.

Police also learned of a second victim who had left the scene. The second victim was identified as Keyonte, the brother of Jontae. He was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital with one gunshot wound to the arm, officers said. Keyonte was treated for his injuries and later released from the hospital.

Neither the Billups-Brooks brothers nor Garcia-Johnson lived at the apartment where the shots were fired, Lt. Brian Phillips said. Officers said there was some sort of gathering at the apartment that night.

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