Guilty verdict in triple murder trial

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Guilty verdict in triple murder trial

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A Fort Wayne man is looking at life in prison for a 2018 triple murder. A jury yesterday convicted Deyante Stephens of shooting and killing Preonda Jones, Brianna Gould, and her unborn son last year.

Police were called to the 1200 block of Lillie Street on reports of “shots fired” in the area around 6:30 a.m., January 2018.

Upon arrival, they located Preonda Jones and Brianna Gould with apparent gunshot wound(s) inside the home where the shots were reported being heard.
Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Brianna Gould was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, where she was downgraded to critical condition and later died.
She was pregnant at the time, the coroner said the baby was of viable age if born.


Deyante Stephens was arrested two days later on two counts of Murder.

During this week’s trial, only two witnesses were called by the Stephens’ defense. It took a jury less than two hours to determine him guilty in the shootings, as well as a felony firearms charge.

Stephens reportedly didn’t say anything or even react when the verdict came down.
He will be sentenced in April.