A Brown County man told police he shot twice at another man after the two had gotten into an argument, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Brown County Prosecutor’s Office charged Benjamin J. Munn, 38, 4731 Peoga Road, Trafalgar, with murder. Police say Munn fatally shot Jamie Shawn Simpson, 31, of Nineveh, who was found dead in an alley in Indianapolis.
Munn appeared in Brown Circuit Court on Thursday, and Judge Judith Stewart read the charge against him and informed him of his rights. She ordered Munn to be held in the Brown County Jail without bond.
“I didn’t intentionally kill nobody,” Munn said as he left the courtroom.
A friend of Simpson’s told police Munn owed Simpson money, and Simpson had gone to Munn’s home to collect the debt shortly before the shooting, according to the affidavit.
Munn told police he came home Saturday night to discover Simpson and another man had lifted up his car with a jack and were starting to take off the wheels, the affidavit said.
Simpson had complained to a friend that Munn owed him money. The friend took him to Munn’s house, where Simpson said he was going to take the wheels off Munn’s car, the affidavit said.
Munn told the men they had to leave, and he wasn’t kidding.
Simpson walked toward Munn, and they started yelling at each other, according to the affidavit. Munn fired two shots and saw Simpson go down to one knee and hand, the affidavit said.
After conducting an autopsy, the Marion County Coroner’s Office ruled that Simpson died of a gunshot wound to the neck.
After the shooting, Munn said, he ran to his truck and drove away, hitting a tree and breaking the back window, according to the affidavit.
He went to a friend’s home in Columbus, where he slept for several hours.
Police found a shell casing and blood where Munn told investigators the shooting took place, the affidavit said.
An Indiana State Police technician also found blood in the bed of Munn’s truck, according to the affidavit.
In an interview with police, Munn did not answer questions about whether he had taken Simpson’s body to Indianapolis, the affidavit said.
Munn’s girlfriend said Munn told her that he shot Simpson and got rid of his body, the affidavit said. She went to see one of Simpson’s family members at 3 a.m. Monday and told her that Munn shot at Simpson, according to the affidavit.
Another of Simpson’s family members called police later that day, saying that Simpson hadn’t been seen since Saturday night and that he reportedly had been in a confrontation at a Peoga Road home in Brown County where shots were fired.
Stewart set a trial date for March 13. If convicted, Munn faces 45 to 65 years in prison.