Four charged with Michigan City murder

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- The Michigan City Police Department has arrested four males for the alleged murder of 69-year-old Gerald Peters whose body was found during a welfare check at his residence on Walker Street Thursday morning.

According to police, when Peters’ body was found in his home, there were obvious signs a crime had been committed.

Police also discovered Peters’ grey Pontiac Grand Prix was missing.

At approximately 2:25 p.m., Assistant Chief Tim Richardson got into a pursuit with the vehicle, allegedly driven by 17-year-old Trevon Drakkar Walker.

Walker lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the area of Porter and Holiday streets, got out of the vehicle and ran away.

Walker was caught and was taken to the Michigan City Police Department for questioning.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Ryan Phelps, was identified and he was located in the area of Vail Street and Michigan Boulevard. He was taken to the department for questioning.

During the investigation, police developed two additional suspects, 18-year-old Melvin Joseph Basford and 16-year-old Martell Joseph Anderson. They were located and taken in for questioning.

Friday morning, probable cause was found to charge the four with one count of murder, one count of felony murder and one count of robbery.

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