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Suspect in deadly shooting killed man during dispute over less than $100, doc alleges

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Oct 19, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — The suspect in a homicide last week on Indianapolis' east side shot the victim to death during a dispute over less than $100, a court document alleges.

Milton Porter, 24, confronted Calvin Lawson Jr., 32, outside his apartment and goaded him to fight him before he pulled out a gun and shot him at least once, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police found Lawson wounded when they responded about 9 p.m. to the 4500 block of East Washington Street on Oct. 14. Lawson was initially transported to a local hospital in critical condition and later died from his injuries.

An investigation found that Lawson was getting ready to fight Porter when he was shot. After Lawson fell to the ground, Porter walked up to him and was about to shoot him again before someone yelled and Porter ran off, according to the affidavit.

A witness who knew both Lawson and Porter told detectives that they didn't expect Porter to shoot Lawson.

Porter was taken into custody Monday. In an interview, he denied his suspected involvement in the shooting, the affidavit alleges.

He is charged with one count each of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

He is being held without bond ahead of his trial date, which has yet to be scheduled.