Attempted murder case reviewed; man dies 10 months after shooting

July 2, 2018

Prosecutors are reviewing the case of an Indiana man charged with attempted murder, because the man he is accused of shooting last summer died from his injuries.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office said Austin Smith died Friday. He was shot Aug. 31, 2017. Twenty-two-year-old Travis Phelps is accused of firing several shots into Smith’s car, causing him to crash.

A woman who was in Smith’s car reportedly argued with Phelps then called Smith and asked for a ride.

Phelps has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, but WFIE-TV reported that the county prosecutor’s office said in a statement it will review his case “and take into account this new development.”

The Evansville Courier & Press reported Phelps remains jailed without bond.



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