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Man jailed on handgun charge now faces murder count in 2019 slaying

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27-yr. old Demetre Payton is charged with murder in the July 2019 fatal shooting of Jamarkus Kindred.
Jamarkus Kindred was shot to death on a lot near the intersection of Lafayette and East Williams Street in July 2019.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - City police didn't have to go far to find the man they believe is responsible for a fatal shooting that happened in the summer of last year.

27-year old Demetre Payton, who had already been locked up in the Allen County Jail, is now charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Jamarkus Kindred.

The mother of the victim's child says that loved ones of Kindred are excited about a break in the case.

Payton was being held in the county jail on a charge of carrying a handgun without a license in a separate case.

If convicted of the new count of murder, he could face a prison sentence of up to 65 years on that charge alone.

33-year old Jamarkus Kindred was shot in the head and three times in the right forearm back on July 27, 2019 near the intersection of Lafayette and East Williams Street.

It happened outside what has been described as an after-hours establishment.

Court documents say surveillance video cameras showed a group of people dancing and having fun on the lot for about an hour prior to the shooting.

An affidavit says at some point the mood changed and folks started clearing out, except for five people, including Kindred and Demetre Payton.

Those two men could be seen, police say, going to and from cars and Payton eventually can be seen following Kindred "everywhere he goes".

Detectives say the video then shows Payton shooting Kindred, who immediately fell down, and that Payton fired more shots at Kindred standing over him as he lay on the ground.

Two witnesses told police that the shooter was "Meech", a street name Payton supposedly goes by.

One of the witnesses suggested the shooting was done in self-defense.

"We just had too many different stories, it was just too much back and forth, 'he said, she said'. They started saying it was self-defense. It was just too much allegations going on, but now we have the truth, and we're just happy," said Yolanda Jones, the mother of Kindred's young daughter.

Payton is also charged with another lower level felony crime, because he is accused of pointing a firearm at a second man at the shooting scene where Kindred lost his life.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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