Mass Arrests Made in Murder of Kokomo Man


At approximately 12:06 a.m. on December 23, 2020, officers of the Kokomo Police Department responded to the area of 803 E. Broadway in reference to a shooting that occurred at that residence. Upon arrival, officers were advised an unknown suspect had shot an individual multiple times. The victim, 42-year-old Sharman Pearson, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

During the initial investigation, a suspect was identified as 18-year-old Terrence Ben from Chicago Illinois.  Howard County Superior Court IV issued an arrest warrant for Terrance Ben for Murder.  With the assistance of federal investigators, Ben was taken into custody on February 9, 2021, at his home in Chicago.

As a result of the continued investigation, six (6) more individuals were identified as to being involved in the murder of Sharman Pearson.  On February 22, 2021, Howard County Superior Court IV issued arrest warrants for following individuals.

            Kevonte Tyler (22-years-old) – Conspiracy to commit murder and Obstruction of justice

            Amari Deaarion Anderson (20-years-old) – Conspiracy to commit murder and Obstruction of justice.

            Marquis Darrionta Herron (19-years-old) – Conspiracy to commit murder

            Dion Creed Smith (18-years-old) – Conspiracy to commit murder

            Kyron Ardion McKnight (18-years-old) – Conspiracy to commit murder

            Alexis James (19-years-old) – Obstruction of justice

On February 23, 2021, with the assistance of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police, all six suspects were arrested without incident.

This case remains active for investigation.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Brent Wines (765) 456-7342, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017.  You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS with your anonymous tip.