SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana man has been convicted in the killings of two men and for shooting at police officers and passing motorists.
A St. Joseph County Superior Court judge found 29-year-old Brandon Biffle guilty Thursday of two counts of murder for fatally shooting 55-year-old Donald Paris and 53-year-old Johnnie Avance in South Bend last August.
Biffle was also convicted following the bench trial of attempted murder and criminal recklessness for shooting at police and passing motorists. Biffle was wounded in when he exchanged gunfire with police.
The judge also found Biffle fully responsible for his crimes. The South Bend Tribune reports Biffle's attorney had argued that he is mentally ill and not responsible for the crimes, while prosecutors had argued Biffle tried to fake a mental illness.
10 A.M. UPDATE: Snow is falling in several counties, particularly south of Indianapolis. Most areas of Central Indiana have seen 2 to 6 inches of snow, with higher totals south of I-70. Counties to the northwest and northeast have seen 1 to 3 inches of snow, with some areas seeing less than an inch.
Images from winter weather on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.
Police arrested two teenage brothers for the murder of 32-year-old James Vester, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials announced Friday morning.