(La Porte, IN) - More information and reaction haves come to light on the allegations in the murder charges filed against a La Porte woman.
Neighbors expressed concern after seeing police and the La Porte County Coroner’s office at the scene two days after the July 27 killing at Maple Tree Apartments, then utter shock on Tuesday after learning about specifics contained in the allegations.
“With the kids helping, that was the crazy part,” said Maple Tree Apartment resident Tiyana Dumas. Dumas said she did not know the couple or the children in the home. However, she said it was still very upsetting she and her young children were going about their lives without a clue about the things happening just a few doors away.
Carla Brown said she didn’t know the family but did speak briefly to the victim more than a year ago. Brown said she feels awful for the children. "I’m so appalled. I wish the kids never would have had to gone through something like that. That’s all I can think about right now. It’s terrible,” she said.
According to court documents, Thessalonica Allen told police her husband grabbed her by the front of the neck during an argument, causing her not to be able to breathe. She said he let go, but he came at her again. At that point, she said she decided to grab her gun, which she had in her possession, and shot him once, court records disclosed.
According to police, the children mentioned that they heard Mr. Allen say he was getting his things and leaving during the argument. However, police said the children told investigators they didn’t see any physical altercation that day, just the verbal arguing.