Shooting suspect makes first court appearance; trial to begin Oct. 16

Staff Writer

    The suspect in an early Sunday morning shooting in Decatur made his first appearance in Adams Circuit Court Tuesday.
    Daniel N. Booker, 30, Fort Wayne, was arrested after officers were dispatched to an eastside apartment complex in regard to a shooting. Booker was subsequently apprehended and was charged with the attempted murder of Martika Valez, 22, Decatur.
     During Tuesday’s hearing, sitting Judge Dane L. Tubergen explained to Booker he was being charged with attempted murder, a Class 1 felony. The minimum sentence, if Booker is found guilty, is 20 years in prison, while the maximum is 40 years and a fine up to $10,000.
    Originally the judge set bond at $250,000 surety. When the judge asked Prosecutor Jeremy Brown if he should lower the bond to $100,000, the standard for a Class 1 felony, Brown requested that bond remain at the high dollar amount due to Booker’s previous criminal record.
    Booker had a public defender appointed to his case and is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial conference at 10 a.m. Aug. 28. Trial was tentatively set to begin Oct. 16.