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Police make arrest after 66-year-old man killed in Speedway

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Joseph Bryant

UPDATE (Oct. 30, 2018) — Joseph Bryant pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Charges of aggravated battery and battery were dismissed as part of his plea deal. He was sentenced to 6 years in Community Corrections, with 2 years suspended. He’ll serve his sentence on home detention and must undergo a substance abuse evaluation. He’ll also be on probation for 2 years.

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Police have made an arrest in connection with an incident earlier this morning that left one man dead and another person seriously injured.

The Speedway Police Department received a call in regards to a family disturbance in the 5300 block of W. 10th St. around 4:45 a.m.

“There was some type of an altercation.  We are still investigating and talking with other people who may have more information about what may have led up to it,” said Lt. Jim Thiele with the Speedway Police Department.

Speedway officers responded and located two injured people who were transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment.

One of the victims, a 66-year-old man, died at the hospital.  The Marion County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

“It’s sad and it’s heartbreaking because he was a good  guy,” said Tina, a neighbor.

A short time later, IMPD officers located the suspect a short distance from the scene. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Joseph Bryant of Indianapolis, was transported to the Speedway Police Department for questioning.  He was arrested and preliminarily charged with involuntary manslaughter and battery with serious bodily injury.

Police say Bryant is related to both the victims.  Investigators are not yet releasing the exact relationship.

“I can’t imagine what the family is going through, let alone to know that it all has to do with family. My prayers are with all of them no matter what happened.  Nobody’s family deserves to go through this,” said Tina.

Formal charges will be filed at a later date by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Speedway Police Department is not seeking any additional suspects in the case. The victim’s identity will not be released until next of kin have been notified by the coroner’s office. The investigation is ongoing.

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