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Man charged with murder in mother-in-law's Fort Wayne slaying

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

A Fort Wayne man faces a murder charge stemming from a grisly slaying that took place in August.

The felony charge was filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court against Freddie M. Alcantar Jr., 36, in the death of his mother-in-law, 59-year-old Debra Jones, who was found Aug. 30 in her bathroom in her home on Myanna Lane.

Jones, who was found covered in blood, had sustained what appeared to be stab wounds to her head and neck, according to the probable-cause affidavit filed in the case. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide, the 30th of 44 such rulings in 2013.

According to the probable-cause affidavit, a shoe/boot print was found under Jones’ body, and blood evidence was collected and sent for DNA profiling.

On Sept. 6, investigators from the Fort Wayne Police Department were able to obtain consent from Erika and Freddie Alcantar Jr. – Jones’ daughter and son-in-law – and allegedly collected samples of dried blood from a home.

A search warrant was obtained to check Freddie Alcantar’s cellphone, and it showed that he received a phone call from Erika Alcantar at around 2:36 a.m. Aug. 30, according to the probable-cause affidavit. Information from the cellphone tower allegedly indicates that Alcantar was at the location of the homicide within the time frame of Jones’ death; Alcantar, however, denied that he left his residence and was with Erika Alcantar, in bed, all night.

On Dec. 26, the FWPD reportedly viewed surveillance video from a Speedway gas station that allegedly showed Freddie Alcantar talking on a cellphone at around 2:36 a.m. Aug. 30 and wearing an orange T-shirt, black shorts and red shoes, according to the affidavit – but investigators did not find those shoes during a search.

On Wednesday, the Indiana State Police notified FWPD investigators that blood evidence collected from a kitchen counter at the homicide scene was positively identified as coming from Freddie Alcantar; however, Alcantar had maintained that the only rooms he went into in the house when Jones was found by her daughter Erika Alcantar after being attacked were the bathroom and the bedroom, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

A warrant has been issued for Alcantar’s arrest, with no bond to be issued.