Princeton shooter appears in court

Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 6:51 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 6:52 PM CST
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PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - The 18-year-old who was charged with attempted murder after a shooting on Wednesday appeared in court on Friday for his first hearing.

The court was seeking a $250,000 bond, but the case was deferred to April 9 at 9 a.m.

The shooting happened near Spruce Street and Seminary Street around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

[Affidavit: Victim robbed suspect prior to Princeton shooting]

According to Princeton police, 18-year-old Isaiah Jones was taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest and side of the head.

Authorities say through an initial investigation, they arrested 18-year-old Malachi Billings of Princeton.

Malachi Billings.
Malachi Billings.(Mobile Patrol)

Police say they were notified of two separate calls on Wednesday. One of which was the gunshot victim at the hospital. The other was a call related to an alleged robbery.

They say they found both incidents were related.

According to authorities, Billings had made the report of the robbery. He was taken into custody when officers arrived on scene.

Officers say they took a statement from Billings and a witness.

The witness stated that Billings showed up on Spruce Street demanding money that he claimed Jones had stolen.

Jones had previously been bragging to the witness about the stolen money.

A fight broke out, and the witness claimed Billings pulled a gun, which went off when he went to strike Jones.

Police said the two had separated, and Billings fired a second shot into the car Jones had climbed into. The shot hit Jones in the chest.

According to an affidavit, Billings told police that he intentionally fired the second shot, he had the opportunity to run away and that he did not feel remorse for shooting Jones.

Authorities said Billings was then booked into the Gibson County Jail on an attempted murder charge.

Police Chief Derek McGraw says Jones was released from the hospital on Thursday.

He said that charges are pending related to the robbery claim made by Billings.

Chief McGraw also acknowledged there is an unusually high number of shootings in Gibson County lately.

He stated that they have noticed a pattern and this case may be related.

“I think that’s going to evolve as this case unfolds,” Chief McGraw said. “So I don’t want to comment too much on that, but yeah, we do feel that there is a lot of correlation between them.”

McGraw said this case is still an ongoing investigation.

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