FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A man tied to the fatal shooting of a man outside a southeast-side apartment building in December 2017 through DNA has been sentenced.
Bryan L. Flowers, 34, will serve 85 years for the Dec. 23, 2017, killing of De'andre Anthony Voss in the 1400 block of Greene Street.
It was around 4 a.m. that near-Christmas morning when police were called to the Villages of Hanna Apartments after witnesses said they heard a gunshot and looked outside and saw a man bleeding on the ground. Officers arrived and found Voss dead outside a building.
Surveillance cameras from the scene captured the incident. The video showed a man pull a handgun and shoot Voss in the head, then get into a two-tone van, flick away a cigarette and drive off, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with Flowers' arrest.
Police found that cigarette butt on the ground. Test results completed this month showed that cigarette had Flowers' DNA on it, the affidavit said.
A Fort Wayne Police officer driving through the apartment complex found a two-tone van parked. According to the affidavit, it was registered to Flowers. It was towed and searched.
Witnesses said the shooting happened during a party at the apartment complex, according to the affidavit. One witness said Voss told a man who spilled liquor on the floor to leave, and moments later, "there were shots outside," the affidavit said.
Another witness said "I'm going to be honest with you" and told police he heard the shot and saw "EBK," or Voss, lying on the ground and Flowers "got up out of there."
One witness said the shooting was the result of "dumb drunk (expletive)," according to the affidavit.
A jury found Flowers guilty of murder and use of a firearm after a 3-day trial last month.
In court Friday morning, Flowers vehemently expressed his innocence in a lengthy written statement. He said multiple times he has been falsely accused and convicted and will be unjustly imprisoned for a crime he did nt commit.
Flowers claimed the prosecution’s witness was the murderer and that evidence had been tampered with.
“I may be guilty of possessing a firearm, but killing Deondre Voss I am not,” Flowers said.
Flowers said he will appeal the conviction.