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2 suspects accused of witness tampering

Prosecutors say victim of shooting was threatened

Marcus Timmons
Darren Londale Harvard Jr.
Brandon D. Carter

– Formal charges were filed Thursday against two of the three people named in a pattern of violence against a Fort Wayne man.

Marcus Timmons, 23, was charged with criminal recklessness, a Class C felony punishable by up to eight years in prison, as well as obstruction of justice. Darren Londale Harvard Jr., 20, was also charged with obstruction of justice, a Class D felony punishable by up to three years.

According to court documents, the two threatened Jaquan Wade in an effort to get him to not testify against 24-year-old Brandon D. Carter, who had been scheduled to stand trial this week on charges stemming from an August shooting of Wade.

On Tuesday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull suspended Carter's phone privileges in the Allen County Jail after he was recorded talking to Timmons not long before Timmons allegedly fired a rifle at an apartment where Wade was living early Monday.

Both Timmons and Carter are accused of shooting Wade in August. Carter is charged with being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun, a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Timmons was first charged in that case with resisting law enforcement, but a more serious charge of battery with a deadly weapon causing injury was added later.

Timmons was out on bond this week when he was accused of again shooting at Wade. Gull ordered his bond revoked, but he has not been arrested in that case or on the new charges.

Harvard had not been charged in the first case but was named in another case involving Timmons, Carter and Wade.

In that case, Carter was again charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, as well as criminal recklessness, after someone shot into a house where Wade was visiting.

Wade identified Timmons, Carter or Harvard as likely suspects, according to court documents.

That case against Carter was dismissed, however, when Wade's mother, a key witness, died in February, according to court documents.

Timmons is accused of firing a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle at Wade's apartment. Wade spotted him through the windows prior to the gunfire, according to court documents.

Harvard is accused of making a phone call to a woman who was staying with Wade, telling her that if Wade testified against Carter, "then there will be no words." It was a conversation she took as a threat, according to police.

Harvard has yet to be arrested on the new charge, according to court records.

rgreen@jg.net

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