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Testimony centers around police interview, forensics

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 01:59 pm
A man on trial for murder told the lead detective on the case he didn't even know the man he shot — and eventually killed — last August during a drug robbery. Kevin 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 and another juvenile allegedly robbed Brian Quintana, 18, of marijuana at about 10 p.m. Aug. 14 before shooting him on River Run Trail and running from Woodbridge Apartments.

On Wednesday, Fort Wayne Police Department Det. Robin Pfeiffer testified in Allen Superior Court she interviewed Hamilton shortly after the incident after a resident who lived close to the apartment complex saw two males running toward a 2003 Trailblazer driven by a woman and prevented them from leaving.

Because Hamilton was a juvenile, his mother was contacted by law before she interviewed him.

On the videotaped interview, Hamilton told Pfeiffer he didn't know Quintana personally. He said his friend, who is now 17, had wanted to rob Quintana of marijuana because he was shorted on a previous sale. Hamilton said he didn't want to rob anyone. "It's not who I want to be," he said on the tape.

During the exchange, the other juvenile and Quintana began fighting in the car, and the juvenile told Hamilton to shoot. Hamilton told Pfeiffer it was a "random shot," which traveled through the car and hit Quintana in the right chest and then traveled to his left side and downward, as revealed earlier in the morning by the doctor who performed Quintana's autopsy.

"I don't know how it happened," Hamilton told Pfeiffer, who asked him where the gun was. Hamilton told her in the back seat of Quintana's car. She also asked him where he got the gun, and he told her from the juvenile who had robbed Quintana of a bag of marijuana. 

Pfeiffer also testified she subpoenaed their cellphone records, which revealed several texts between them, planning the robbery as early as 8 p.m.

Forensics of the cars, weapon and marijuana baggies revealed no DNA through testing at the Indiana State Police lab. 

Fort Wayne Police Department crime lab specialist Eric Black testified fingerprints belonging to Hamilton's juvenile friend was found in two places on Quintana's car.



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