Suspect in Lake Avenue shooting pleads guilty

38-year-old Deedee Barnett of Fort Wayne pleaded guilty to killing 31-year-old Brian Lowe Jr. in October 2017.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 6:32 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 9:13 AM


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- 38-year-old Deedee Barnett of Fort Wayne pleaded guilty to killing 31-year-old Brian Lowe Jr. in October 2017. The plea came right before his trial was set to begin.

 Lowe was shot in the head by 38-year-old DeeDee Barnett while sitting in a car with his friend near his home on Lake Avenue.  He left behind two children. 

It all started October 25, 2017 around 11:30 am when police responded to Spy Run Avenue and State Boulevard after reports of a shooting.The friend panicked and drove away to call police.

Police then went to the Lowe's home and investigated the crime scene. While at that scene, they received information that took them to a home on Gladstone Drive on the southeast side. Moments after clearing that scene, they went to a home a few blocks away on winter street after a tip from a witness.

Barnett and his uncle then surrendered and Barnett was taken in for questioning where he later confessed to shooting Lowe.

According to court documents, Barnett told investigators Lowe was swinging a bat around in the front yard and that's why he shot him. Bryson says his brother and Barnett had a beef for months. Court papers also indicate that Barnett asked officers if he could "Just plead guilty."

Barnett says he shot Lowe because he believed Lowe was quote "causing trouble in the neighborhood" .

Barnett will be sentenced the end of September.

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