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Murder Suspect a Brew Pub Worker

(Michigan City, IN) - A man finished his shift at a popular Brew Pub in Michigan City and then fatally shot a man during an argument a short time later.  Those are among the new details in the case against Jonathan Smith.


Smith, 31, is charged with murder having allegedly shot Joseph Davis in the stomach area at about 6 p.m. on Saturday at 413 York Street.  Police said Davis, 52, died while in surgery.


According to court documents, an argument flared up between the two men after Smith was given a ride home by a woman after he finished his shift at Zorn Brewery. A witness told investigators Davis was videotaping Smith and the woman together and threatened to send the images to “someone else.”


At one point, police said it appeared Davis was inside his house and was being restrained from going outside.  Meanwhile, Smith was outside aggravating an already volatile situation by yelling things. The heated exchange continued despite efforts from other individuals to get both men to calm down.


Police said Smith eventually approached the front porch of the home, pulled out a handgun from his pants, and shot Joseph.  Smith fled from the scene but turned himself in about two hours later at the police station.


According to police, Smith told investigators that Davis was moving toward him and threatening to spray him with mace when he fired.


Smith is currently being held in the La Porte County Jail without bond.

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