Teen Slaying Suspect’s Probation Officer Resigns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ An Indianapolis probation officer has resigned amid criticism that he failed to report violations by a 16-year-old who was later charged with killing an Indianapolis man.


Court documents show the teen remained free for a month while awaiting a hearing on 13 probation violations. Nine were violations of his house arrest.

 
The Indianapolis Star reports probation officer Tracy McDonald could have requested an arrest warrant after the third house arrest violation Feb. 15. That would have kept the teen in detention until an April 7 hearing.
 
McDonald didn't report any violations until March 5 and recommended the teen remain on house arrest.
 
The teen is charged with fatally shooting Nathan Trapuzzano while the 24-year-old was on a morning walk April 1.
 
Probation officials didn't return calls seeking comment.