Shooter admits to killing of man, 55

Crime
Derek R Ford

A Fort Wayne man accused of fatally shooting a man as he stood on a porch has pleaded guilty.

Derek R. Ford pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday morning in Allen Superior Court. Ford was one of four people charged in the Sept. 20, 2016, shooting death of 55-year-old Robert J. Moore on the front porch of a home at 4131 Avondale Drive.

It was around 10:50 p.m. that night that Fort Wayne police heard gunshots in the area. At 10:57 p.m. police received a 911 call that someone had been shot at the home.

A police spokesman said then that the first arriving officers found a man on the front porch who had been shot. They rendered first aid, but paramedics arrived and pronounced the man deceased.

Detectives attempted to speak with potential witnesses as crime scene technicians processed possible evidence. A K-9 officer was also called to the scene, but was not able to track any potential suspects.

Four people were eventually charged in the case, which appeared to be a group shooting at another group. Moore was not the intended target, police have said.

In court Friday, Ford explained that he was upset after the shooting of a friend and after visiting him in the hospital, he went to a house on Avondale and fired shots at it and the people standing outside. One of those shots struck and killed Moore, he admitted.

Ford will be sentenced May 18. He faces more than 17 years, should a judge accept his plea agreement.

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