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Charges filed against Ligonier double murder suspects

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NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Charges have been filed against three people involved in the double murder in Ligonier on Monday, March 5, by the Noble County Prosecutor. 

The shooting happened shortly before 9:00 Monday night in the 200 block of Water Street. When police arrived, they found a man on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. A woman was found inside the home, also suffering from a gunshot wound. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene.

READ MORE: Police: suspect in custody after double homicide in Ligonier 

35-year-old Michael Jerome Johnson has been charged with murder while committing robbery, murder while committing robbery and attempted murder while committing robbery.   

30-year-old Tiffani Elaine Cox was charged with aiding in armed robbery. Kyra Justine Frost, age 25, was charged with aiding in armed robbery.  

Police say they believe the three suspects were living together in Fort Wayne.   

On Wednesday morning, March 7, Prosecutor Blackman got two search warrants to search the vehicle Johnson was driving when he was apprehended by officers in Steuben County and to search the clothing he was wearing when he was taken to the Noble County Jail. The vehicle had been secured and taken to the Ligonier Police Department after the pursuit.  

After getting the warrants, a Probable Cause Hearing was held. Noble Superior Court, Division I, Judge Robert Kirsch found that probable cause did exist for the charges, and granted Prosecutor Blackman’s request for additional time to evaluate the case. 

On Thursday, police executed the search warrant on the vehicle, but no weapons or ammunition were located. A cell phone, some hypodermic needles, and several purses and handbags were found in the car. 

“At this time, we have enough information to bring these charges. The case remains active, and additional charges could be filed. Law enforcement is working diligently to try to locate the suspected murder weapon. Although it would not be necessary for prosecuting the case, we want it recovered for safety’s sake, especially if it may have been abandoned or discarded,” said Prosecutor Eric Blackman, adding “if anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Ligonier Police Department.  

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Ligonier Police Department, 301 S. Cavin Street, Ligonier. Prosecutor Blackman and Ligonier Police Chief Bryan Shearer will address the investigation and charges. 

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