August 28, 2014

Murder suspect arrested in Hurst for shooting at Indy 500

The 19-year-old man is accused of killing another man during race weekend for the Indianapolis 500.

An Indianapolis man wanted in connection with the killing of another man during the Indianapolis 500 race weekend was in custody Thursday after being arrested in Hurst.

Acting on a tip, Hurst police arrested 19-year-old Avory Johnson Monday after he exited an apartment complex. He was take into custody at a Hurst shopping center.

Johnson was in the Tarrant County Jail Thursday awaiting extradition to Indianapolis.

Johnson is accused of killing Max Levine, 25, of Kokomo, Ind. on May 24, during race weekend for the Indianapolis 500.

Earlier this week, Hurst police received information that Johnson was staying at the Whispering Run Apartments, 600 Bellaire Drive, in Hurst.

“Officers formed a strike team and watched the apartment,” said Hurst Police Chief Stephen Moore on Thursday. “Within minutes, the suspect exited the apartment, entered a car and drove across Bellaire Drive to the shopping center where he was taken into custody for the warrant.”

Levine was found dead on the morning of May 24 near 30th Street and Georgetown Road in Indianapolis, an area where people camp and party during race weekend. Investigators have said that a fistfight broke out and escalated to a fatal shooting.

Johnson was arrested on a preliminary murder warrant shortly after the shooting, but was released a few days later when prosecutors announced that there were “significant inconsistencies” in the process of identifying the suspect.

A murder warrant was issued for Johnson last week.

This report includes information from the Indianapolis Star.

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