INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis father is arrested for murder after police say a child custody feud turned deadly over the weekend.
IMPD Homicide detectives arrested 26-year-old Jailyn Hurt for his alleged role in Sunday’s murder of 25-year-old Gerald Lewis III and the shooting of a 23-year-old woman.
East District officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Mill View Court around 9 a.m. Sunday. They found Lewis and the woman had been shot inside an apartment. Both were taken to area hospitals in critical condition, although Lewis later died from his wounds.
Police say the wounded woman identified Hurt, who is her child’s father, as the shooter.
The affidavit claims the woman told officers Jailyn wouldn’t give her son back to her because they were feuding over visitation.
That sparked an argument that allegedly ended when Hurt shot her in the cheek and killed her current boyfriend who was sitting on the couch.
Domestic violence awareness advocates say the case can serve an important safety lesson for all parents.
“You want to make sure to contact an advocate to establish a plan where there is a safe place to exchange that child,” said Danyette Smith with Indy Champions.
Danyette encourages people who’ve separated, but who share children, to take steps to prevent violence during child exchanges.
“I would say get with an advocate as much as possible. There’s no such thing as too many calls to an advocate,” said Smith.
That message is especially important because just last month, in a different but very similar case, 29-year-old Tony Miller Junior was charged with murder.
Police claim that suspect shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend and killed her boyfriend at an apartment complex on east 38th place, after the woman arranged to pick up her daughter.
IMPD reiterated this week that the cooperation of victims and witnesses, which occurred in both of the deadly domestic incidents, remains the key to solving crimes.
“The thing we need the most is the community’s help,” said IMPD Sgt. Genae Cook.
Detectives found no sign of forced entry at the apartment. They identified Hurt as a person of interest early in the investigation and arrested him Sunday on drug-related offenses. As the investigation continued, detectives eventually arrested him Tuesday on the murder-related counts; he was already in jail because of the earlier arrest.
Hurt is being held without bond on preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decision.