Indy man charged with murder of teenager following botched robbery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis man has been charged with murder following the botched robbery and killing of a 17-year-old boy on the east side of Indianapolis last year.

On Thursday, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office filed charges of murder, felony murder, robbery and felony firearm possession against 29-year-old Dewayne Harris.

Shortly before 3 p.m. April 7, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were called to the 3400 block of Franklin Road in response to a person shot.

Officers arrived to find an unresponsive 17-year-old male, later identified as LeAndre Lane, along the road with a gunshot wound.

IMPD said Lane was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It’s hurtful. There’s so much pain behind this face when I smile," said Lane's mother, Nakita White. "Every day I wake up and I wish I didn’t let my son walk to go play basketball."

According to court documents, Lane and two friends were going to play basketball and stopped at a gas station long the way.

According to IMPD, Lane had a large roll of cash to pay and it was noticed by Harris, who was at the same gas station.

After noticing the large amount of money, Harris followed Lane and his two friends.

Court documents explained that a fight ensued when Harris attempted to steal the money and Lane was shot.

"It’s senseless. You took an innocent child over some money," said White.

Police said Harris then got into a burgundy car that belonged to a family member and sped away.

According to the court documents, Harris later set the getaway car on fire and suffered burns to his legs.

The same weekend of Lane’s murder, six people were killed in less than 24 hours around Indianapolis.

The deaths of Theron Rowley, Ezekiel Summers, John Boxley, Yolanda Bailey and Tony Mason all remain unsolved.

Lane’s mom and dad just hope their son’s accused killed is held accountable.

"I hope he gets what he deserves. He was 29 and my son was only 17. He didn’t deserve this at all," said White.

Harris is behind bars on unrelated federal charges. He’s being held without bond.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story contained information about this incident from the initial news release provided by police. Some of the details have changed after a review of court documents, and the story has been updated to reflect those changes.

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