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Man who confessed to shooting pleads guilty

Woman died while in car on city's west side
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Posted at 5:49 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 17:57:43-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man who confessed to a shooting that left a woman dead early last year is pleading guilty.

38-year-old Andrew Powell had been charged with murder. In a plea deal, he is pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will be sentenced on February 20, according to Marion County court records.

The victim, 30-year-old Andre Bledsoe, was shot while riding in a car near West 10th Street and North Tibbs Avenue. A probable cause affidavit from the Marion County Prosecutor indicates there were problems between Powell and others who were in the car with Bledsoe.

Powell admitted to shooting at the car with a shotgun, but said it was in self-defense. He told police he thought Bledsoe had shot at him. After the shooting, friends rushed Bledsoe to Eskenazi Hospital, where she died.