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COURT DOCS: 16-year-old charged with murder in fatal shooting

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Senaca V. James

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A 16-year-old is now facing murder charges for his involvement in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old girl in late December.

Officers say Dominique Taylor, 18, was killed in a shooting in the 1800 block of Fox Point Trail, the parking lot of the Villa Capri apartments on Dec. 22.

Dominique Taylor

Senaca V. James, 16, is facing a murder charge and gun charge in the shooting according to police, and will be tried as an adult.

According to court documents filed in the case Tuesday, several witnesses said James admitted to pulling the trigger, and one witness said she saw it happen.

Someone identified as a "co-participant" told investigators James and another witness shot Taylor because of an argument a few days earlier, court documents detail.

This "co-participant" said Taylor previously pointed a gun at someone.

Investigators served a search warrant at the "co-participant's" home and found two .380 caliber handguns.

The "co-participant" told investigators one of those guns was his, but the other was put in his basement shortly after Taylor's death.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, police found James and took him to the police department for an interview.

Once there, James told police he knew about the fight, and that someone else involved had three handguns.

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He told police he had handled all three weapons at one point so his DNA may be on them.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, James called a detective from the Allen County Juvenile Center saying he hadn't been truthful during the first interview.

James admitted he was there when Taylor was shot.

James stated a witness to the crime was lured to the Villa Capri apartment complex under the guise of buying marijuana edibles so they could fight her.

When the witness arrived, Taylor was with her, James said.

His only goal was to get Taylor out of the car so he could take her gun, but she refused to get out, James said.

James admitted to having a gun in his hands and shooting it into the air, but Taylor still refused to get out.

James then said the crowd started saying, "shoot her bro, shoot her," and then someone else involved took his gun and shot her.

If he's convicted, the presumptive sentence is 55 years in prison.

And the case isn't closed yet.

Detectives are reportedly close to arresting more people who were involved.

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