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Second teen charged in February murder told friend he had 'no remorse,' affidavit says

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 15:27:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A second teenager has now been charged in the murder of 20-year-old Jacob Arnett earlier this year.

On Wednesday, 15-year-old Jaylen Thomas was waived to adult court on charges of murder and robbery in connection with Arnett’s fatal shooting on Feb. 2.

Arnett’s body was found in the bathtub of a home in the 1900 block of Union Street after police followed a trail of blood to the door.

A neighbor had reported that a man had come to his door with an injury to his face. Other neighbors reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a male stumbling down the street.

Police found a single .380-caliber cartridge casing, along with more blood, at the intersection of Union and Adler streets.

The following day, IMPD officers took two teenagers into custody in connection with the case following a SWAT situation on the south side.

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One of those teenagers, 16-year-old Ahmond Hubbard, was waived to adult court where he was charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The other teenager, Thomas, was not identified until Wednesday, when he was charged as an adult in the case as well.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police believe Hubbard and Thomas had traveled to the Union Street location to purchase marijuana from Arnett.

When he handed over the weed, police say Hubbard yelled for a third teen in the car to drive off.

As he did, they say Arnett grabbed the window of the vehicle – at which point Thomas allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him.

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According to the affidavit, the teens then went back to a friend’s house and began to brag to their friend’s mother about the shooting, with Thomas allegedly talking about killing anyone who “snitches” on him.

Police also believe the teens then broke their phones, since they had been used to communicate with Arnett.

Another witness told police she heard Thomas say, “I just shot this guy. I have no remorse.”

An autopsy later determined Arnett died from a gunshot wound to the face. The bullet was recovered from his left shoulder, where it had lodged after traveling through his head.

Hubbard’s next court appearance was set for Nov. 7. A jury trial was scheduled for Nov. 13.

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