- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two Indianapolis teenagers were charged with murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a man who police said attempted to stop them from shoplifting.

Deaundre Graves, 18, and 17-year-old Jeffery Rhodes were formally charged with murder, robbery and firearms violations in Marion County court. Rhodes was charged as an adult despite his age, Marion County Prosecutors Office spokeswoman Peg McLeish said.

Graves, who police said was the shooter, sobbed and wiped tears from his eyes with the collar of his orange jail jumpsuit as he answered the judge’s questions, the Indianapolis Star reported. Rhodes covered his mouth with his hand as he spoke.

A probable cause affidavit filed by police said 36-year-old Ho Shin Lee of Noblesville grabbed Graves‘ arm as the men tried to leave an east side store with stolen clothing Sunday and was shot three times, twice in the head. He died later at a hospital.

The document said Graves pointed a chrome .22 caliber gun at an officer when he was caught near the store after discarding stolen clothing, but tossed the weapon aside when he was told to drop it. Graves insisted he had thrown a bag of marijuana, not a gun, but no marijuana was found.

Police arrested Rhodes, who allegedly was still carrying stolen clothes, at a nearby parking lot.

Both men pleaded not guilty and are being held without bond in the Marion County Jail. A judge set a jury trial for June 23.

It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether either of the suspects had attorneys.

A woman also was shot in the leg Sunday, but a spokeswoman would not say whether she remains hospitalized, citing privacy laws.

Funeral services for Ho Shin Lee will be held Saturday in Indianapolis.

“As a human, we all make mistakes but this is a mistake that should have never been done,” the victim’s wife, Shana Oh, told WTHR-TV.” I want them to know they have took my husband and now we have two children without a father. I want to ask them a question: Why?”

“I hope my husband is the sacrifice and hope that this doesn’t happen anymore to any innocent people,” she said.

Indianapolis has had 38 slayings so far this year, compared with 31 at the same date a year ago, police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey said Wednesday.

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