Speedway PD admits mistake in Coke Lot murder investigation

(Provided Photo/Victoria Levine)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) — The Speedway Police Department has admitted it made a mistake while investigating the murder of 25-year-old Max Levine, of Kokomo, in the Coke Lot outside Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Police had arrested 19-year-old Avory Johnson on a preliminary charge of murder. But on Wednesday, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said it wouldn’t file charges against Johnson.

Jan Levine, the victim’s mother, told 24-Hour News 8 when the family heard Johnson had been released it “deflated” the family.

Speedway investigators let witnesses who ultimately identified Johnson stay together, the department said. That can give witnesses a chance to compare stories and get on the same page. Normal investigatory procedures call for keeping witnesses separate to get a more accurate accounting of what happened and who was responsible.

“The Speedway Police regret that this error occurred but remain confident in the work of investigators,” the department said in a news release.

Johnson is still considered a suspect and the department is still working with the Marion County prosecutor’s office on the case.

The Speedway Police say the investigation has continued since Saturday morning. Lt. Trent Theobald says investigations continue long after arrests are made.

“I want people to remember the love, joy, happiness and laughter of my son and let that wrap around them and carry them through this, because that’s what we’re doing,” Jan Levine said.

The family of Max Levine plans to hold private funeral services Thursday.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s