You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Fire burns two apartments
    A fire in two apartments Wednesday afternoon forced the residents to find somewhere else to stay this Thanksgiving.The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called about 4:10 p.m.
  • 7 women arrested in prostitution sweep
    A Fort Wayne woman has been arrested on a felony charge of promoting prostitution, and six other women were arrested on misdemeanor prostitution charges, in a Web sweep conducted this week, city police said today.
  • Cause unclear as fire guts home
    A two story home went up in flames this morning and it took firefighters 18 minutes to get the fire under control, said Fort Wayne Fire Department Public Information Officer Stacy Fleming.
Advertisement

Area man faces count of murder

Blunt-force slaying suspect linked to victim’s car, wallet

Alexander

– A man arrested in the beating death of an Allen County man was formally charged Thursday with murder.

Michael R. Alexander, 33, of Auburn is accused of killing Gregory A. Funich, 42, who was found dead about 11:30 a.m. Saturday in his house at 5315 Lonesome Oak Court in the Oak Crossing addition north of Fort Wayne.

His skull had been shattered, and he had severe cuts to his face and head. He died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

On Aug. 10, the day before Funich’s body was discovered, an IPFW police officer spotted Alexander driving with a flat tire about 4:30 a.m. As the officer followed him, Alexander opened the driver’s side door while the car was still moving and fled on foot.

The officer chased Alexander and tackled him in a field, court papers stated.

Alexander had been driving Funich’s Chrysler LeBaron. He had bloodstains on his clothes, and he had Funich’s wallet. In the LeBaron, police found Funich’s cellphone and two laptop computers, court papers said.

Alexander, who attended Ivy Tech this past spring, told police he was alone with Funich from about 6:45 p.m. Aug. 9 until between 2 and 3 a.m. Aug. 10. He said he had been smoking crack cocaine with Funich all night and left to buy synthetic marijuana, according to court papers.

He told police Funich was fine when he left the home.

Alexander is charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of murder and two misdemeanors: resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was being held without bail.

aingersoll@jg.net

Advertisement