INDIANAPOLIS -- Prosecutors filed a charge of murder against 18-year-old Marissa Huffman on Tuesday in connection with the death of her boyfriend last week.
Police were called to the 800 block of Birch Avenue on Friday shortly before 6 a.m. They arrived to find 21-year-old Joshua Tye suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Huffman was on scene when police arrived and was taken into custody on a preliminary charge of murder.
Prosecutors were granted a 72-hour continuance on Monday to allow for additional investigation before filing charges against her, which they did Tuesday afternoon.
According to a preliminary probable cause affidavit filed in the case, witnesses described hearing Huffman and Tye arguing, followed by a gunshot.
They told police Tye then said, “You shot me b****!”
Witnesses also reported hearing Tye say, “Why did you wake me up? Give me the gun,” prior to the shooting.
Tye, a graduate of Ben Davis High School, was the 22nd criminal homicide of 2018. As of this writing, the year stands at 24 criminal homicides.
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Detectives said Huffman gave “numerous versions” of the events throughout her interview with police. While being processed, though, Huffman reportedly said, “I killed my boyfriend” – later adding, “He deserved to die. F*** him.”
Huffman is the first woman charged with murder in Marion County this year. Another woman, 33-year-old Monica Hampton, was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of Jermaine Taylor in January , but prosecutors later decided not to file charges against her.
As of Tuesday evening, Huffman was being held at the Marion County Jail without bond. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Marion County Criminal Court 1.
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