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There is a grassroots movement to replace Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 10:52 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 9:14 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There is a grassroots movement to replace Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards.

That's because some people are upset with the number of unsolved homicides in the county.

Of the 41 homicides in Allen County in 2017, only five have been solved.

"Nothing is getting done about it. They say they don't have enough evidence, they want someone to come forward and testify," said Nasim Walker.

Walker's nephew Nicholaus Scroggins was only 14 years old when he was murdered in the 5200 block of Lillie Street on June 21, 2016.

"They have the person walking up to the house, clear as day on surveillance camera, walking my nephew out of the house, down the street around the corner and down the street where he was murdered," she said.

So far, no one has been charged with his death.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander said that's because putting someone behind bars is a little more complicated than that.

"We have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person did it. That means we need witnesses to come forward that can tell us things that they saw."

McAlexander said prosecutors are also frustrated they can't lock up the criminals who are killing people in the Summit City.

"We hear the same things people here. Our police officers tell us 'we think it's fill in the blank.' They tell us what they heard and what they heard on the street, but again...that's not evidence for us," said McAlexander.

Walker says she's looking for someone, from any political party, to run for prosecutor.

"We just want somebody that wants the same thing as us. We want someone who cares about these kids. We want someone who cares about these families," Walker said.

Karen Richards, who has been Allen County Prosecutor since 2003, told WFFT Local on Monday that she plans to file for re-election.

The deadline to file to be on the May Primary ballot is February 9.

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