An Indianapolis woman did what she thought was the right thing; she turned her son in as a suspect in the death of 15-year-old Daniel Neal Burns, who was found shot to death on October 17th.
Her son, 16-year-old Christian Qualls, was officially charged with the murder Friday.
A maintenance man found Danielâ€™s body inside an apartment and Christianâ€™s mother asked officers if her son was a suspect.
Christian had been breaking into apartments, according to her. â€œI’m just gonna put it out there and tell it. He’s been out here robbing people. He’s been breaking into apartments and cars and stealing things,â€ she told cops. â€œHe’s been hiding in abandoned apartments up here and I’ve been looking for him.â€
She also informed them that her brotherâ€™s .45-caliber Ruger had been stolen, and that she knew Christian had access to it.
Bullet casings found in the living room wall of the apartment where Danielâ€™s body was found matched those from the missing gun. It was found later in bushes near the apartment.
One teen told investigators that heâ€™d seen Christian with the gun the day before the murder. Another one said that the victim and suspect had stolen some things out of a car and that theyâ€™d then argued over the take.
When police interviewed Christian, he told them that Daniel had been shot by a drug dealer when he couldnâ€™t afford the weed he was trying to buy.
Christian, however, was chosen in a police lineup and charged with the murder.
Aside from the murder charge, Christian has also been charged with misdemeanor carrying of a handgun without a license.
His trial has been set for January 11th.