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Woman charged with attempted robbery in connection with 2012 killing

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:47 am

A 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman is charged with attempted robbery – in this case, a Class A felony – because she's accused of helping in a botched crime that left the victim dead and the robbers empty-handed.

Alisha L. Kizer of Fort Wayne faces the most serious felony charge possible for an attempted robbery because, according to court documents, the man she helped rob fought back and was shot multiple times by her accomplices.

Early on June 2, 2012, Gregory D. Mitchell, 58, was found shot to death at his home in the 1900 block of South Clinton Street. Mitchell was with the parks department on a part- or full-time basis for nearly 10 years and had run the Jennings Center as a facilities and neighborhood programs coordinator for three years before his death.

In a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges against her, police report that Kizer began to cry when she was asked about Mitchell's death in an interrogation. She said she had known him as “Mr. Greg” from his work with kids, and the help that he had given her and her sister, the affidavit said.

Investigators said she told them that she accompanied two men to Mitchell's home. The men confronted him upstairs, but Mitchell “tried to be a hero,” and was shot in a struggle that continued downstairs, according to court documents.

She told police she looked for things to steal in the home but couldn't find anything.