16-year-old charged with murder in Fort Wayne teen's death

Senaca James is charged with murder in the death of Dominique Taylor on Dec. 22.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 5:08 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 10:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Allen County prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old boy with murder in the death of an 18-year-old woman who was found shot inside a car just days before Christmas. 

Senaca V. James is accused of killing 18-year-old Dominique Taylor while she was inside a car parked at Villa Capri Apartments on Fox Point Trail on Dec. 22.

James is being charged as an adult. 

A probable cause affidavit released on Tuesday says the shooting stemmed from an argument involving several females, including Taylor, when her acquaintance was asked to move out of a home.

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The affidavit says Taylor and one of the other women exchanged words on social media. 

The affidavit says James told an investigator Taylor's acquaintance was lured to the apartments under the guise of buying marijuana edibles so they could fight her.

It says Taylor arrived in the car with her. 

The affidavit says James denied shooting Taylor.

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He told police he had a gun and that his only goal was to get her out of the car to take the gun.

But, the affidavit says, Taylor refused to get out of the car. 

"Seneca admitted to having a gun in his hand and shooting this gun in the air but Dominique still would not get out of the car. He argued that the crowd started saying "Shoot her Bro Shoot her" and then co-participant took the gun from him and shot Dominique Taylor with it."

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Another witness, however, told investigators James and another person admitted to him that they shot Taylor because she allegedly pointed a gun at James' aunt.

A second witness also told police James admitted to shooting Taylor. 

Investigators also noted that James lied to them in an earlier interview about being at the scene during the shooting. 

Police say more arrests are expected in the case. 

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