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COURT DOCS: Drug deal turned deadly was a setup

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RONNIE MILES JR. MUGSHOT GRAPHIC
Photo provided: Ronnie Miles Jr. (undated photo)
XAVIER WALKER MUGSHOT
Xavier Walker

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Allen County prosecutors believe two teenagers set up a drug deal to rob a Fort Wayne man of marijuana when the deal turned deadly.

Court documents filed Wednesday against the 16-year-old suspect revealed more details about what led up to the violence.

The Allen County Coroner said Jaden Diaz Lee Nelson was shot in the chest on Avondale Drive at E. Pettit Avenue on May 19.

Police said Nelson showed up to the Philips 66 gas station at S. Calhoun Street and E. Pettit Avenue to get help.

Medics rushed him to the hospital in critical condition but he died of a single gunshot wound.

Fort Wayne Police homicide detectives arrested the two teenagers less than 24 hours after a 19-year-old man was gunned down.

READ MORE: Fort Wayne Police Homicide detectives arrest two teens in Avondale Drive fatal shooting

Ronnie Miles Jr., 19, is facing felony murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and using a firearm in the commission of an offense charges.

Photo provided: Ronnie Miles Jr. (undated photo)

Not long after the shooting, police spotted one of the suspects in a rear driveway.

The pursuing officer spotted 16-year-old Xavier Walker and told him to stop.

The teen refused, and led the officer on a foot chase.

During the pursuit, the officer said he saw Walker drop something in the yard. Police said it was a bag of marijuana.

The officer also found a black .25 caliber FIE Titan handgun in a potted plant. He noted it had been raining, and the gun was dry, appearing to have been just put there.

Police charged Walker with felony murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, criminal recklessness, dangerous possession of a firearm, resisting law enforcement and using a firearm in the commission of an offense.

The teen is now being prosecuted in adult court.

Xavier Walker

According to a probable cause affidavit filed against the 16-year-old boy, the deal was a setup.

Detectives went through Nelson's phone and discovered a Facebook messenger conversation with the profile of "Yeahh Deezy," later identified as Ronnie Miles Jr.

Police said Miles Jr. asked the victim to meet up with him to sell him drugs.

When Nelson drove to the location with a woman in the car, that's when she told police two people came out of nowhere and approached the driver's side.

She told detectives Nelson showed them the bag of marijuana, and when he did, the two teens started saying, "You hot! You hot!" meaning he was being overtly suspicious.

That's when the teens opened the driver's side passenger door and got in the rear of the vehicle.

The witness then told police Miles Jr., who was sitting behind Nelson, pulled a gun, cocked it, and said," I'm going to need that."

She said Miles Jr. also said, "If you don't give it to me I'm going to shoot you! I'm going to shoot you!"

Nelson began to drive away with the two teens in his backseat, and at some point, the witness said the boy behind her jumped out of the car.

She also told detectives Nelson started to struggle with Miles Jr. over the gun, and during the struggle she heard one gunshot.

During an interview with police, Miles Jr. admitted to police that he and "Zay" set up a drug deal with the victim, and the duo planed to rob him of the marijuana.

Miles Jr. told detectives they brought a smaller caliber black handgun, and that "Zay" had it.

He told police the plan was for "Zay" to point the gun at Nelson while he would grab the weed.

Miles Jr. said during the heist there was a lot of struggling in the car and claimed Nelson had a gun of his own.

He said during the struggle there was a loud pop and they jumped out of the car with part of the marijuana.

Miles Jr. told detectives that "Zay" thought the victim was trying to shoot them so he fired his gun multiple times towards the vehicle.

Both teens are due in court Friday for an initial hearing.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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