ELKHART – Four teenagers in Elkhart are facing felony murder charges for a murder they didn’t commit.
Now, one of their families is asking the prosecutor to throw out the charges.
Last October, 21-year-old Danzele Johnson was shot and killed.
Police say it happened while he and four friends broke into an Elkhart home.
The homeowner shot Johnson and wasn’t charged, because the prosecutors said he was defending himself.
In Elkhart Wednesday, family members rallied outside the prosecutor’s office to get the murder charges dropped against the four teens who broke into the man’s home.
Everyone at the rally said they’re fighting for justice. They want the punishment to fit the crime. That’s why they were there – to ask Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill to give these teens a second chance.
But Hill is standing by his decision. He says Indiana law allows him to charge these four teens with felony murder even though they didn’t pull the trigger. That’s because Johnson died during an alleged felony burglary.
But people at the rally said these teens didn’t pull the trigger. They just made a mistake.