Judge postpones murder trial for father of missing 6-week-old Delano Wilson

Delano Wilson has been missing since August.
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The father of a baby boy reported abducted from the west side of Indianapolis last summer was arrested for murder in early February.

Willie Wilson was taken into custody at his home. He is facing a charge of murder in the death of his 6-week-old son, Delano Wilson.

Wilson appeared in court April 7 and a judge postponed his murder trial, which was originally scheduled for April 13. The court did not set a new date.

Wilson told police his son was abducted by a man and a woman during a robbery while he was taking the boy for a walk.

Prosecutors said surveillance video from the alley where Wilson called 911 to report the abduction showed him walking before making the call, but did not have a baby in his arms.
Neighbors told investigators they heard screaming coming from the residence Wilson shared with Delano's mother, Taniasha Perkins, around 3 a.m. the day Delano was allegedly abducted. The neighbors say they heard Perkins yelling "this should not have happened!"

Hours later, a truck driver saw a man and woman walking out of a wooded area near S. Holt Rd. and Interstate 70. The driver later picked the couple out of a police photo lineup.

"You see something and for some reason it is out of place, and the couple that I saw that day was definitely out of place. That's kind of why it's stuck in my brain," the truck driver told Eyewitness News.

About 90 minutes before suspect Willie Wilson called 911 to say his baby was kidnapped, the trucker said he saw Wilson and Perkins coming out of the woods and crossing the guard rail a mile and a half from their home. They made eye contact, he said, and Perkins had "a blank stare on her face."

Since baby Delano went missing last August, there has been great interest in the case. Many have speculated Wilson had something to do with his son's disappearance and neighbors said they weren't surprised by Wilson's arrest.

"I figured they would eventually. Did they find the baby? Terrible," said an unidentified neighbor.

At one point, Delano's maternal grandmother returned home, but police would not let her inside, saying they were waiting for a search warrant. After the warrant arrived, police spent the afternoon removing items from the home where baby Delano spent the first six weeks of his life.

As word spread of Wilson's arrest, family arrived at the home on Chase Street, expressing sorrow and surprise about the afternoon's events.

"All I know is I got a text message saying, 'Please come to the house. They took Willie out.' I don't know nothing," said Lehtrice Hamilton, a family friend. "I could never speak for Willie. I still can't speak for Willie. I don't know, I don't know. All I know is we still have our baby missing. From the beginning, nothing's adding up. I left it in God's hands. I just want to know the truth. I just want my Delano back. I just want…I just want Delano, God."

Perkins was taken downtown by police Wednesday afternoon, but Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says no charges have been filed against her at this time.

Hamilton is less convinced Perkins had anything to do with Delano's disappearance and possible murder.

“From the beginning, Tanaisha has always said, ‘If [Willie] did it, lock him up.' She has always said that. She has always asked Willie continuously, ‘What did you do? What happened that day? Walk me through it. Are you lying to me?'” said Hamilton.

If it turns out to be true that Willie was responsible for Delano's death, Hamilton only said, "God help his soul."

Despite 40 tips on possible locations, police have not recovered Delano Wilson's body at this time, but Curry says there is enough circumstantial evidence to proceed with the murder charge. At last check, no court date had been set for Willie.

A second man, Romel Perkins - the maternal uncle of baby Delano - was also taken from the house and arrested Wednesday. According to court documents, though, that was for marijuana possession and not related to Delano's case.

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