Quadriplegic death ruled homicide

Brandon Gaither was 16 when he was convicted of aggravated battery against Earl Dashawon Terrell.
Brandon Gaither was 16 when he was convicted of aggravated battery against Earl Dashawon Terrell.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- – A Fort Wayne man who was shot thirteen years ago has died.  The Allen County Coroner has ruled his death a homicide.

According to Allen County Coroner, Dr. Jon Brandenberger, Earl Dashawn Terrell, 32, was shot in the 1400 block of Eliza Street on September 12, 1997.  As a result of his injuries, he was rendered a quadriplegic.

Fort Wayne police said at the time, Brandon J. Gaither was arrested in connection to Terrell’s shooting.

According to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, Gaither, who was 16-years-old at the time, was convicted of Aggravated Battery and sentenced to a 15-year prison sentence.

Terrell was admitted to Parkview Hospital on Tuesday due to complications of his condition.  He was pronounced dead at Parkview on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor’s Office said double jeopardy prevents Gaither from being charged with Terrell’s death.

Terrell’s death is the fifth homicide in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2011.

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