FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The second man accused of killing a Fort Wayne barber in 2019 says he wasn't in the area at the time of the killing.
James Dodson Jr., was convicted in Michael Lovett Jr.'s murder at the Legendary Barber Shop on Lake Avenue in October 2019, but police still did not have another suspect in custody at the time.
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Lake Ave Shooting April 9, 2019
James Dodson Jr.
Search warrants were received by detectives for James Dodson Jr.'s phone show that his phone called his brother, Jamari, " a number of times right before the shooting."
According to court records, investigators discovered Lovett was shot to death by two different guns.
Surveillance video from the nearby BP gas station "shows the male (Jamari Dodson) who was in the physical confrontation running to the west while shooting at Michael (Lovett)."
Detectives said Jamari's phone "was in the area of the shooting at the time of the shooting."
His cellphone records show that his phone left the scene of the fatal shooting in the same direction as his brother, James.
In January 2020 investigators got a DNA warrant to get samples from Jamari when police say they found fingernail clippings, with no DNA match, that were on Michael Lovett.
Jamari Dodson denies being near the scene at all.
Jamari Dodson told police, "DNA floats around a lot" when they asked him how his DNA got on Michael Lovett Jr.
On March 2 police received the DNA results from their January warrant, which confirmed the Dodson's DNA was also on Lovett Jr.