Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 9, 2013

Judge OKs murder trial continuance

Turama Stitts now to stand trial April 16

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer

— Defense attorneys for a man accused of shooting four people in the head last January, killing two of them, requested and was granted a continuance in the case Tuesday.

Turama Stitts, 37, faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder stemming from a two-day shooting spree on the city’s northeast side Jan. 26 and 27, 2012.

Stitts was set to stand trial in 20 days. That was continued to April 16 during Stitts’ pretrial hearing in Howard Superior Court 2.

The judge also set a March 26 pretrial hearing.

Stitts is accused of shooting four people in the head in what police are call a “random act of violence.”

David Gibson, 64, and Argena Williams, 48, died as a result of their injuries, while Miriam Mallory, 41, and Ricky Patterson, 52, survived.

According to a probable cause affidavit, investigators said Stitts confessed to the shootings during an interview with Kokomo police.

In that interview, Stitts said the victims were trying to kill him.

Police also reported that a person close to Stitts said he had been “off his medication” for a few days and acting strangely.

Stitts was found mentally competent to stand trial last year after two physicians evaluated him.

If convicted, Stitts could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. He remains in the Howard County jail without bail.