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Man arrested in fatal shooting of pregnant 18-year-old Brittany McNew

Posted at 5:29 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 22:04:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The man accused of killing 18-year-old Brittany McNew in early May fired into a west side home indiscriminately in a dispute over drug money, according to criminal charges filed Wednesday.

Jonathan McGee, 27, was arrested Monday and formally charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in connection with McNew's fatal shooting on May 5 at a home in the 3400 block of West Michigan Street.

Three men who were at or near the residence at the time of the shooting were questioned by homicide detectives. All three men, including one identified as "King," told police they had traveled to a nearby gas station to buy "spice" – synthetic marijuana – and had just returned home when they heard shots fired through the back of the house.

McNew, who was pregnant, was inside the house and was struck by one of the shots in the pelvis. She died two hours later at Eskenazi Hospital.

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One of the men told police he called 911 while he tried to chase down a vehicle that sped away, believing it to be the shooter.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Marion County, police interviewed a woman last week who told them she was talking to a man named Jonathan Xavier McGee who had confessed to her that he was the one who shot McNew.

"I know I can trust you because you won't say anything," McGee reportedly told the woman. "I fired into the blue house on Michigan. I killed that girl."

The woman told police McGee said he had been firing at the house because "McGee had a beef with King, he owed him money for drugs."

The woman also told police McGee had pistol-whipped her earlier this year while he was robbing her for money.

Police interviewed two other women who told police McGee had admitted that he was involved in McNew's shooting, and also that he had been violent and threatened them with guns.

McGee was arrested Monday and was being held in the Marion County Jail without bail.

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