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19-year-old charged in fatal shooting of young mother Lonneisha Wellington

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 13:04:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A 19-year-old shot his girlfriend's "uncle" and killed his wife in an April shooting, according to court documents filed in the case.

Damarcus Dashawn Jackson, 19, faces two counts of murder and one count each of robbery and attempted murder in connection with the April 3 shooting of 23-year-old Lonneisha Wellington and her husband, Alexis.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday, the Wellingtons were returning to their apartment in the Meadows with groceries when a man – police believe it was Jackson – walked past them up a stairwell and then drew a gun on them.

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The Wellington's 2- and 4-year-old children were with them at the time. One of the children told police she heard the man tell her parents to "put down the groceries."

Then, she said, she saw him shoot her mom and dad.

Alexis Wellington told police the man ordered him not to move. He said he stepped closer to his wife, who was carrying a firearm on her hip, at which point the man opened fire.

Lonneisha Wellington was struck multiple times. Responding officers were unable to locate a pulse on her, and she was declared dead a short time later at Eskenazi Hospital.

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Alexis Wellington was also shot, and was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

According to the affidavit, Jackson then fled the scene and called his girlfriend – who is the niece of Alexis' best friend – and told her that her "uncle" had just been shot.

Text messages recovered by police show Jackson told the girl he had gone to see "Cubbie" – Alexis' nickname – to buy marijuana. Jackson claimed he saw three men holding Alexis at gunpoint and then witnessed the shooting.

Through further investigation, police determined there had been only one shooter, who matched Jackson's description.

 

A warrant for Jackson's arrest was issued June 1 out of Marion County. He was arrested in late June and was being held at the Marion County Jail without bond.

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