NM man's plea delayed

By Emma Rausch

A North Manchester man connected to a 2015 shooting has requested a continuance before entering a plea agreement.

Joshua Lee Wright, 25, requested a continuance on Monday, April 18, to have several questions answered before he enters a plea to the charges against him, according to attorney Craig R. Persinger.

The hearing was reset to Monday, May 2, at 1 p.m.

Wright was arrest on March 4, 2015, after allegedly shooting a relative during an altercation at a home on County Road 950 N.

According to a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department press release following the incident:

At approximately 3:49 p.m. on March 4, the department received a call from Wright about the shooting at 1014 W. 950 N.

Wright informed dispatchers that his grandmother was driving victim Terry Larry Lane, 56, North Manchester, to Parkview Wabash Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

Lane, who is Wright’s great-uncle, was transported to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne and was listed in stable condition at the time of the release.

According to the report, Wright surrendered without incident at the home.

A preliminary investigation showed Lane and Wright were in an altercation when Wright retrieved a .22 caliber rifle from his bedroom and shot Lane in the face.

The Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigation Division assisted in processing the crime scene and, during the process, additional evidence was gathered as well as precursors, chemicals and remnants associated with the manufacturing methamphetamines.

According to probable cause affidavits filed with the Wabash Circuit Court, the shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument between Wright and Lane about food left in the kitchen sink.

Wright, the documents continued, argued with his great-uncle and then retreated to his bedroom. His uncle opened the door and Wright told the police he was afraid Lane was going to hurt him.

Wright then told police that he “blacked out” and picked up a .22 caliber rifle and shot at his uncle, according to the affidavit.

According to the court documents, Lane was shot on the right side of the face and it caused considerable damage to his teeth, jaw and that some pieces of the fragmented bullet traveled near the spine area of his neck.

Wright was charged with felony attempted murder, felony aggravated battery and felony illegal possession of chemical reagents or precursors.

On March 10, 2015, Wright entered the preliminary plea of not guilty.

Posted on 2016 Apr 26