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Not Guilty Verdict in Fatal Shooting

(La Porte, IN) - A man accused of a fatal shooting in La Porte has been found not guilty.


The La Porte Circuit Court jury came back with its verdict last night after five hours of deliberation and found 23-year-old Davion Jones not guilty of murder and attempted murder.


He was originally charged with reckless homicide but the charges were later elevated. 


20-year-old Tyler Terusiak of La Porte died from a gunshot wound to the heart. According to police, a fight broke out in April 2020 on Jefferson Avenue near Patton Street.


Jones was inside a parked car and claimed a man, Stanley Henderson, 21, approached him with a gun pointed at him. Jones said he feared for his safety and began firing his weapon with his eyes closed. One of the rounds struck Henderson, who survived, while the other round hit Terusiak, who was slightly off in the distance, police said. 


The Chesterton man could have faced anywhere from 40 to 60 years just on the murder charge alone had he been convicted.


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