Police: Murder Victim Convinced Suspect He Was A Girl
Suspect Faces Two Preliminary Counts Of Murder
8:35 AM, Aug 1, 2003
Details are emerging about why police believe an Indianapolis man shot and killed two teens last month.
Paul Moore, 20, was arrested Thursday afternoon and faces two preliminary counts of murder in the deaths of Gregory Johnson, 17, and Brandie Coleman, 18.
The bodies of the two teens were found in a burning Jeep July 23 at Fall Creek Corridor Park. Officials later determined that the victims had been shot before the vehicle was set on fire.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by RTV6, Moore admitted that he and some friends had met Coleman, Johnson (who he referred to as "Nireah") and another girl July 20.
Moore reportedly said that he believed Johnson was a girl because "she was dressed as a girl, and he was attracted to her."
Moore said "Nireah" kissed him on the cheek when they parted, and that they had plans to meet up later, according to the affidavit.
Police said Moore denied meeting up with Johnson at a later date, but admitted to talking to her on the phone a few times after their initial meeting.
Coleman's family reportedly told investigators that Johnson often dressed as a girl and enjoyed tricking people into believing he was a female.
According to the affidavit, police were led to the suspect after matching the bullets found in the victims' bodies to a gun taken from Moore during a disturbance last year.
More arrests are possible in the case, police said.