Prosecutor files charges in fatal Fishers gas station shooting
FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The man accused of shooting and killing a woman last week at a gas station in Fishers has been formally charged with murder, online court records show.
Joshua Farmer, 32, faces six felony charges, including murder, stalking, and criminal recklessness for the death of his ex-wife, Kaylah Ann Farmer, on June 28.
Kaylah Farmer was found fatally wounded inside a vehicle at the Speedway gas station at 116th Street and Allisonville Road.
Surveillance video from the gas station showed a person inside an orange/maroon Kia Soul, later identified as Joshua Farmer, firing shots at Kaylah Farmer’s van, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by News 8.
Police believe Joshua Farmer shot at the minivan from three different locations. Court papers say glass was “spraying from the windshield.”
After the shooting, the Kia drove out toward 116th Street, turned east, and left the scene. Fishers police say Joshua Farmer switched cars with his girlfriend on the day of the shooting and the Kia Soul belonged to her.
Court papers say a witness tried to render aid to Kaylah Farmer and that when he arrived on the scene, she was “twitching but not responsive.”
Kaylah Farmer later died of her injuries. Fishers police Det. Jonathan Dossey observed the autopsy and said in a probable cause affidavit that he counted “more than 15 gunshot wounds” on her body.
Police continued to search for Joshua Farmer and found the Kia Soul in Indianapolis.
Officers located and arrested Farmer on June 29. He was for an interview with investigators but declined to give a statement.
At the time of his arrest, Farmer was wanted on nearly a dozen charges related to a May 21 incident involving Kaylah Farmer. She told police her ex-husband bit her, punched her in the head and eye, and hit her with a baseball bat, court papers say.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office told I-Team 8 that Farmer also had domestic violence charges filed against him for abusing Kayla Farmer while he was serving in the military.
I-Team 8 also learned that Joshua Farmer was eventually given an honorable discharge.
Farmer appeared via Zoom for his first pretrial hearing Wednesday afternoon. He was shackled and wearing a red inmate shirt that indicates a high-risk offender.
Farmer told the judge he understood the charges against him. The judge ordered him held in the Hamilton County Jail without bond.
A pretrial conference is set for August 17.