Son accused of murdering his father


January 20 — ANDERSON — An Anderson man has been charged with murder following a domestic dispute with his father over the use of a borrowed car on January 13.

The Madison County district attorney filed charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a narcotics against Jansen Wade, 31, in connection with the shooting death of his father, Jerry Wade, 52.

The state Friday also filed a firearms enhancement against Wade, which carries an additional 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The state was given 72 hours on Tuesday to file formal charges.

Wade is being held in the Madison County Jail without bail. He gave his address as Sarasota, Florida, where his mother lives.

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Wade said he had no income or assets, and magistrate Jason Childers appointed a public defender.

Wade was arrested within minutes of shooting his father at the 500 block of West Second Street.

The incident occurred at 7:28 p.m. Friday at the 500 block of West Second Street.

Jerry Wade, 52, was taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where he died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, according to the Marion County coroner’s office.

According to a probable statement filed by Anderson Police Detective Cliff Cole, at 7:28 p.m. Friday, a Lapel police officer saw a man at the intersection of John and Eighth Streets waving a gun with his left hand.

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The agent arrested the man. He was later identified as Jansen Wade and was found to be carrying fentanyl when arrested.

Witness Todd Snellenbarger told police he loaned a car to Jerry Wade and found Jansen Wade driving it.

Snellenbarger told Jerry Wade that he wanted the car back. He said Jerry and Jansen Wade were in the driver’s side of the car and there was a fight.

Snellenbarger said he heard five gunshots and Jansen came around the car, pointed the firearm at him, and ordered him into Jerry Wade’s apartment.

Jansen Wade took Snellenbarger’s phone while still pointing the gun at him, according to the affidavit.

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Jansen Wade then started running while Snellenbarger gave chase; two shots were fired in his direction.

The witness said that Jerry Wade did not assault his son before the shooting.

Jansen Wade told police he had recently moved to Anderson from North Carolina and that his father had beaten him and brandished a knife when Jansen returned the car.

Jansen Wade admitted to drawing the gun and shooting his father multiple times.

Police found no knife at the crime scene and Jansen Wade said he did not fire the weapon at Snellenbarger.

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