LIGONIER, Ind. (WANE) — Prosecutors in Noble County have charged two women in the killings of two people in Ligonier this week that reportedly centered around a $10,000 designer purse.
Kyra Frost, 25, and 30-year-old Tiffani Cox both face charges of Felony Murder related to the deaths and alleged robbery of 30-year-old Justin Adams and 39-year-old Amanda Feldstein on Monday night at an apartment complex in Ligonier. Michael Johnson of Fort Wayne will face two counts of Murder as police believe he shot the pair.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Johnson told investigators that he shot Adams and Feldstein. He was arrested following a vehicle chase.
Johnson reportedly told police that Frost and Cox accompanied him to the apartment complex get a $10,000 Prada purse under the guise of conducting a methamphetamine deal. Police said Johnson walked into Feldstein’s Ligonier apartment with a loaded gun and chased Adams around the apartment.
Adams ran out of the patio door but was shot in the back before he could get away. Feldstein was also shot in the back while trying to get away. Johnson reportedly then opened fire on another woman but missed.
She lived to tell the story.
Her eyewitness account helped lead police to Johnson. An officer saw a car matching the description of Johnson’s a short time after the shooting. After a brief chase Johnson was taken into custody.
Cox told police that she witnessed Johnson being pursued by law enforcement. She drove to a nearby hospital, where she told staff that she had information about the shooting.
During questioning, both Frost and Cox denied being involved in the shooting. However, Johnson confessed that the three were at the apartment that night and he pulled the trigger. He said Cox handed him the gun.
Frost and Cox were charged with Felony Murder because Adams and Feldstein were killed during the commission of a crime – in this case, the robbery of the purse. Police found several other designer purses and have said Johnson was a designer bag dealer.
Court records don’t list a lawyer for Johnson.
Johnson is jailed on a parole violation, pending anticipated charges in the slayings. Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman told NewsChannel 15 on Thursday that he’ll charge Johnson with two counts of murder during armed robbery and another count of attempted murder during armed robbery.
A Noble County judge on Wednesday found probable cause to hold Johnson without bond on two counts of murder.