Police affidavits reveal new information surrounding two separate Evansville murder cases

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Eyewitness News obtained affidavits from the Evansville Police Department in connection with two murders that happened Friday night less than a mile apart.

Two men died and one was injured, police said.

Shooting in E. Virginia St. parking lot

Police arrested 20-year-old Elijah Parchman after they said he gunned down 32-year-old Bobby Minor and shot and injured 26-year-old Ikeem Minor outside Virginia Food Market on E. Virginia St.

According to the affidavit, Bobby had a single shot to his stomach, while Ikeem had one shot to his right hand and one to his right thigh.

Police said Parchman called 911 and identified himself as the shooter.

According to the affidavit, Parchman told police he was at his apartment on E. Iowa St. Officers arrived and arrested him there.

Officers said they found a handgun next to Parchman’s identification card and Indiana handgun license.

The shooting happened in a rear, open parking lot behind the 600 block of E. Iowa St. on E. Virginia St., police said. The parking lots are connected by an alleyway.

Investigators said they found 40 caliber shell casings in the 600 block of the E. Iowa St. parking lot.

A witness told police that he saw several people in the two parking lots and two guns being fired to the south from the E. Iowa St. parking lot area. 

Another witness told police he heard seven shots while inside his home on E. Virginia St. When he went outside, he told police he saw two vehicles leave the area, along with a man picking up casings near a dumpster.

According to investigators, Ikeem’s girlfriend Adria Rohlman said she was using the bathroom when she heard a knock at the door. She said that she left the bathroom and that a man named Michael Green was inside her residence yelling about a shooting. Police said this is when she learned Bobby and Ikeem had been shot. Rohlman told police Ikeem and Bobby were taken from Green’s vehicle to Rohlman’s maroon Chevy Suburban and transported to Deaconess Midtown.

Police said Green’s vehicle was found with bullet holes and broken windows.

The vehicle was towed to secure storage pending a search warrant, according to the affidavit.

When investigators spoke with Parchman, police said he made statements after being read his Miranda Rights that he fired shots at people walking towards him. According to police, Parchman said he felt threatened by the way the men were walking towards him. 

After the shooting Parchman told police he put the gun used in the shooting on the counter with his identification.

Parchman is charged with murder, attempted murder with a firearm, and criminal recklessness.

E. Louisiana St. stabbing

Just blocks away, and three hours later, a deadly stabbing happened on E. Louisiana St.

Police arrested 20-year-old Ebonee Gross and 23-year-old Rayven Crook after they said Crook fatally stabbed 40-year-old Mark Lynn II inside a home. Gross is charged with obstruction of justice.

Officers said Lynn tried to get away but collapsed outside the home.

According to a police affidavit, a passerby reported a man face down in a yard on E. Louisiana St. around 11:15 p.m.

According to the affidavit, investigators found a cellphone video that showed the incident. The video showed male victim speaking with Gross inside the residence, the affidavit said. The video also showed Rayven Crook holding a large knife behind her back as Gross was speaking with the victim, according to the affidavit. A struggle ensued between Gross and the victim, police said. Then, the video shows the victim stabbed twice in the back by Crook, according to the affidavit.

During the investigation, police said Gross did not initially acknowledge the victim came into her residence and never said anything regarding a struggle.

Once detectives showed her the video, police said Gross reported the victim coming into the residence and getting into a struggle with him.

According to police, Gross told her juvenile cousin to delete the video recorded on her cellphone. Police said the video was deleted, but they were able to recover it.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office reported the victim had a fracture to his skull and two stab wounds to his back.

During a search of the apartment on E. Louisiana, police said a knife matching the one from the video was found.

Crook is charged with murder.

Gross is charged with obstruction of justice.

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(This story was originally published on April 8, 2019)

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