Family of murdered pizza delivery driver attends suspect’s court hearing

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 18, 2014) — The man accused of shooting and killing a pizza delivery man was in court Tuesday morning. Shawn Wilson is charged with murder, robbery and carrying a handgun without a license in the death of 30-year-old Daniel Jaffke.

Jaffke’s family members and several friends attended Wilson’s initial hearing at the Marion County Courthouse. They describe Jaffke as an accomplished musician and loyal friend.

Tom and Donna Jaffke, Daniel’s parents, said they wanted to come to the hearing to keep Daniel’s memory alive and to be part of the process.

They thanked Indianapolis Metro Police for finding and arresting a suspect in their son’s murder.

“It is comforting that he’s off the streets because I worry about other families and I don’t want other families to go through this,” Donna said. “This guy stole Daniel from us. We’re very angry. We’re very hurt.”

Jaffke had just finished delivering pizzas on the south side on Jan. 31 when witnesses said they heard shots fired, saw someone take off in Jaffke’s Jeep and then saw Jaffke on the ground, shot in the chest. He died from those injuries a short time later.

Investigators found Jaffke’s vehicle the next day. On Feb. 6, relatives of Wilson came forward to detectives about their concern that Wilson had something to do with Jaffke’s death.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Wilson came home and told someone in the house, “I’ve done something bad.” He then told that person to feel the waistband of his pants where he had tucked a handgun.

Several people who know Wilson said he was “hyped up” the night of the murder, according to court documents.

Officers arrested the 27-year-old at a house on the southwest side Feb. 13. They found several guns and paraphernalia associated with a motorcycle gang.

Some of Wilson’s friends and family were in the courtroom Tuesday as well. A judge read Wilson his charges and possible sentences if convicted and the state entered an automatic not guilty plea on Wilson’s behalf.

The judge appointed Wilson a lawyer, although his family members were visibly upset in the courtroom as the judge did so. Wilson said he wanted private council but had not yet been able to make a phone call.

A pretrial date was set for next month.

Wilson was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license in September, 2011 in Marion County. That conviction could add a sentence enhancement to his current misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license.