LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The 17-year-old arrested in connection to a double homicide case made her first appearance in court Wednesday. The probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday names Jaelynn Billups as the person responsible for the death of Joshua Ungersma. While she did go before Magistrate Dan Moore, she has not been formally charged yet. Billups faces preliminary charges of murder and robbery.
According to court documents, Lafayette Police arrived at the scene at Hart and 16th Streets Monday night and found two people laying on the ground. A third person, later identified as Billups, was seen hovering over one of the victims. Police said they ordered her to show her hands and she threw a handgun onto the sidewalk.
A witness named in the affidavit said he saw Billups and one of the victims attempt to rob Ungersma. The witness said he then saw Billups shoot Ungersma.
The Tippecanoe County Deputy Coroner said the preliminary autopsy shows both victims died of at least one gunshot wound. The coroner couldn't say how many gunshot wounds due to the investigation. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide and they are still waiting on toxicology reports to make the autopsy final.
The state has until Tuesday the 8th at 2 p.m. to file formal charges. An extra day was given due to Monday being Labor Day.
Billups is being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail without bond.