Supporters rally for teens charged with murder

Charges stem from 2012 robbery

ELKHART, Ind. - Family and friends of three northern Indiana teenagers charged with murder after a friend was shot by a homeowner during a home invasion plan a prayer rally.

The Elkhart Truth reports supporters have been lobbying Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill to drop the felony murder charges, arguing they aren't murderers. The rally will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Elkhart Civic Plaza.

Twenty-one-year-old Danzele Johnson was shot and killed Oct. 3. Under Indiana law, if someone dies during the commission of a felony, everyone committing the felony can be charged with murder.

Seventeen-year-old Jose Quiroz pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Seventeen-year-old Levi Sparks and 19-year-old Anthony Sharp are scheduled to go on trial Aug. 19.

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