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Toy Faces Judge on Shooting Allegations

(La Porte, IN) - A South Bend man made his initial appearance today before a judge on allegations he committed a near fatal shooting in LaPorte.


Kenwood Toy, 29, was arraigned Wednesday in LaPorte Circuit Court on Level 1 felony Attempted Murder, Level 3 felony Aggravated Battery, Level 5 felony Criminal Recklessness and Class A misdemeanor Carrying a Handgun without a Permit.


He’s accused of shooting Jason Dickson in the back of the head on March 19 at an apartment complex at 1700 Andrew Ave. on the city’s west side.


According to court documents, Dickson was living at the apartment complex with the ex-girlfriend of Toy.


Dickson was outside one of the apartment buildings when Toy pulled up and fired a semi-automatic handgun soon after stepping out of a car, police said.


Police said eight spent bullet casings were recovered from the scene.


Dickson while being treated by paramedics managed to identify the gunman who was also picked out in a photo line-up by a witness to the shooting, according to court documents.


According to court documents, Toy and the woman once lived together at her apartment and have several children together.


Dickson took the children to South Bend for weekly visits with their father.


Police said Dickson was still waiting to have surgery to remove a bullet fragment from his brain early in the investigation.


Toy was given a March 7 trial date.


He was ordered by Judge Tom Alevizos to remain in the LaPorte County Jail on $100,000 bond.                

Police said officers on several occasions in the past responded to the home to handle domestic violence related calls when Toy was living there with the woman.


Toy, who also used to live in Michigan City, has prior convictions in LaPorte County for crimes like Battery, Invasion of Privacy and Resisting Law Enforcement, according to court records.


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