In May we reported Cecil Pendleton, 55, had been gunned down in the parking lot of his apartment.
Today we report that three suspects in that tragic death have been arrested.
In police custody for the pointless murder of the hard-working handyman are Latrell Dewone McGee, 21, Devon Jarilone Brown, 22, and James Devontae Najee, 22,
• There is irony in the cultural conflict that exists between a man willing to do menial labor to support his family and three thugs who lived a parasite's existence by robbing from those whose labor contributes to society through productivity and taxes.
If convicted, the three suspects will continue to sap the lifeblood of our civilized culture as we flip the bill for their incarceration.
• The three suspects bear a striking resemblance to the individual who currently occupies the Oval Office and is sapping the lifeblood out of our nation. One could say the three suspects look as though they could be Barack Obama's sons.
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Three men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Merrillville man who was killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex.
Latrell Dewone McGee, 21, of Merrillville; Devon Jarilone Brown, 22, of Gary, and James Devontae Najee, 22, of Sauk Village, Ill., were charged with murder in the death of Cecil Pendleton, 55, who was fatally shot at about 5:11 a.m. May 6 in the parking lot of Tan Tar A Apartments, 150 E. 59th Ave., the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force announced in a press release.
Pendleton was shot in his work van and pronounced dead at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville.
Investigators learned that several men were breaking into cars in the complex parking lot when they saw Pendleton and tried to rob him, court documents said. Witnesses saw the suspects run from the scene after the shooting and heard sounds of a vehicle speeding from the scene, court records state. Officers found Pendleton after responding to a 911 call of men shooting at a man inside a vehicle.
A fourth man, Tyrone Maynor, 21, of Gary, was charged with assisting a criminal in a case that remains under seal.
McGee has been arrested and is being held at the Lake County Jail. He had an initial hearing on Friday.
After investigators offered a $10,000 reward leading to the conviction of Pendleton's killer, police received a call May 22 from a man who wanted to remain anonymous. The informant, a convicted felon, told police he knew about a handgun at a residence in the 4600 block of Buchanan Street in Gary and had overheard a conversation about selling a 9 mm handgun, police said. He also heard one of the suspects arguing with his girlfriend about talking on the phone about a murder.
The man told police he overheard a conversation between Maynor, McGee and Brown, and later asked Brown about the handgun, court documents said. Brown told him the gun had been used to kill a white man, court records state. Brown pulled up on his cell phone a photo of Pendleton holding a child, which was the photo that police had distributed to media outlets regarding Pendleton's homicide. The informant asked Brown who killed Pendleton, and Brown said it was McGee, records state.
When the informant confronted McGee about what he'd been told, McGee showed no remorse, records state. McGee told the man that he and others had been breaking into cars in Merrillville when Pendleton caught them, records state. McGee told the man he didn't want Pendleton to call police, so he shot him through the passenger side window, records state.
Police found the passenger side window of Pendleton's work van was broken, records state.
The informant told police the suspects sold the gun believed to be used in the killing for $280 to a man who drove a black Cadillac SUV, records state. Maynor then planned to have his girlfriend buy him a .40-caliber handgun with the money from the previous gun sale, but once they arrived at Westforth's Sports, 4704 Roosevelt St., Gary, Maynor got into an altercation with another individual in the parking lot. The girlfriend eventually did purchase a .40-caliber handgun from Cabela's in Hammond, according to court documents.
The buyer said he purchased the gun on May 8, two days after the homicide, at a home in the Geln Park section of Gary, where he met with Brown, McGee and Maynor, docments said. He noticed the magazine did not seat properly, and Brown fired the handgun in the back yard.
Police obtained search warrants for the Glen Park home and collected evidence that included the box for the gun Maynor's girlfriend purchased for him, records state.
Police also contacted the manufacturer of the 9 mm pistol and learned that several parts, including the slide, cartridge ejector and firing pin had been removed when the new owner had brought it to Westforth's for repairs. A firearms examiner with the county crime lab said the Jiminez Firearms pistol has a distinctive cartridge ejector markings and other distinguishing features. The examiner, Lt. Henry Hatch, determined all the bullet casings found at the homicide scene were fired from the same gun, records state.
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