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Neighbors, officers testify about August 2016 murder of man over drug deal

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017 02:55 pm
The dash cam and body mic were already activated when Fort Wayne Police Officer Stephen Ealing found 18-year-old Brian Quintana shot last August on River Run Trail. He asked Quintana who shot him. Quintana replied, "Kevin Hamilton," before he died. Hamilton, 18, of the 8400 block of Lionsgate Run, is on trial this week on charges of murder, felony murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 felony, and a firearm enhancement for using a gun during the commission of the offense. He allegedly robbed Quintana of marijuana Aug. 14 before shooting him and running from Woodbridge Apartments.

The video of that exchange between Ealing and Quintana was presented as evidence Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. Quintana's mother sobbed as she heard her son's last words.

Ealing said he was ending his shift at about 10 p.m. when the call came in. As the first officer on the scene, he tried to ascertain if the shooter was still in the area as medics and other officers arrived. Quintana died of a single gunshot wound to his right side, making him the 24th homicide in Allen County in 2016.

Ealing also said police found a large bag of marijuana, a live round, a shell casing and a car with a bullet hole in it.

After the bullet was fired a couple of neighbors — Andrew Erickson and Thomas Logan — called 911 and observed Quintana stumbling around outside a car as if he were looking for something. They testified they saw Quintana get into a car and start to reverse. After hitting a parked car, Quintana got out of the car and sat on the curb until police arrived.

Some of the most compelling testimony came from Jon Cave, who lived a short distance from Woodbridge Apartments on St. Joe Center Road.

He testified he was driving back from Taco Bell when he saw a woman in an SUV in nearby driveway. She told him she was waiting on some friends, and he continued along the long driveway to his home. As he was doing so, he said he saw a couple of males running toward the SUV from the direction of the apartments and get in. Thinking it odd, he threw his car in reverse and drove to the entrance of the driveway, blocking their getaway.

One of the males changed his clothes while in the car, Cave said. The males wanted the woman to drive through the grass around Cave's vehicle, but the woman stayed put. He said she didn't try to leave until police arrived and one of the males jumped out and tried to run. Hamilton was one of the occupants of the SUV.

Hamilton's trial is expected to continue until Thursday.


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