Court docs: Lafayette art teacher’s accused shooter was seeking man who ‘ripped him off’

Booking photo shows Darius Javon Printup. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)
Booking photo shows Darius Javon Printup. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The man accused of shooting a Lafayette art teacher who faces a preliminary murder charge will now wait until Wednesday to receive formal charges.

Tippecanoe County prosecutors were expected to charge 19-year-old Darius Printup with murder Monday afternoon. But a 72-hour hold was put on the case, and formal charges have yet to be filed.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on the night of the shooting, Wednesday, Oct. 12, a witness — who claims was with Printup on the night in question — told police Printup was looking for a man who “ripped him off.” The witness said Printup knocked on 52-year-old Kristi Redmon’s door, she answered. The witness said several shots were fired at Redmon and she fell onto the porch.

According to Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt, Redmon died of gunshot wounds. Redmon’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Printup fled the scene, but he was arrested by police early Saturday morning. He’s being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail without bond. At Monday’s initial hearing, the judge retained the no bond order.

Police are not giving any more information, but said they have several other sources who were not mentioned in court documents.

News 18 spoke to neighbors but none of them recognized the suspect.

Neighbor Eileen Hancock suspects Printup was looking for the person who ripped him off during a drug deal. She correlates violent crimes like this one with drugs. But she is shocked it happened on her street, and she hopes police can help.

“I just hope that they can do something about this and figure out a way to keep these kids on a straight and narrow path,” Hancock said.

In court Monday, News 18’s Kayla Sullivan talked to a woman who claims she is Printup’s stepmother. She didn’t want to go on camera, but says she can’t believe he would be capable of something like this. She describes Printup as loving and goofy. She wishes the public would allow the court system to run its course before making judgments on whether he is guilty.

Prosecutors have until Wednesday at 2 p.m. to file formal charges.