June trial date set in slaying at motel killing gets trial date

January 5, 2019 GMT

An Allen County magistrate Friday set a June trial date for a Fort Wayne man charged with killing his wife inside a north-side motel room last month. 

Tyrin R. Boone, 40, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Janaya Boone, 38. She was found dead Dec. 12 in a room at Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard.

His three-day trial is scheduled to start June 18. A pretrial conference is scheduled April 12.

Count added in death of boy, 5

Prosecutors have added an aggravated battery count to the case against a Fort Wayne man charged with murder in the beating death of a 5-year-old boy in March.

Daniel T. Pope, 29, also known as Danial T. Pope, was charged March 21 with murder in the death of Benjamyn Frederick. The boy was “severely abused,” according to court documents. 

The aggravated battery charge, which carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years, was filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court. Pope’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 29.

Killer’s bid to toss executions argued

Allen County prosecutors want a judge to reject a request by Marcus Dansby to declare Indiana’s death penalty law unconstitutional. 

Dansby is facing execution for allegedly killing four people : one his unborn child : in a home on Holton Avenue in 2016. He has argued in court documents filed by his lawyers the capital punishment law should be scrapped because it is “disproportionate and vindictive” and violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. 

In court documents filed this week in Allen Superior Court, prosecutors argue the statute is “not arbitrary and capricious” and state it does not violate the Constitution. 

A judge has not ruled on Dansby’s request.