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IMPD makes arrest in southwest side homicide

John Moreno, 27, has been charged with murder for the death of 54-year-old Donna Howes.
Credit: IMPD
John Moreno

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD officers have arrested a man for a woman's murder on the southwest side of Indianapolis earlier this month.

Homicide detectives announced the arrest of 27-year-old John Moreno on Wednesday. Moreno is accused of killing 54-year-old Donna Hawes on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Just after 1 p.m. that day, officers responded to the 1000 block of Hardin Boulevard, near I-465 and West Washington Street, on a report of a death investigation. When they arrived, they found Hawes suffering from trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later, the Marion County Coroner's Office revealed Hawes had been shot to death.

According to court documents, Moreno has officially been charged with murder and is scheduled for an initial hearing on Friday.

Anyone with any more information on the crime should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story identified the victim as Donna Howes, per the Marion County Coroner's Office. IMPD has since said the victim's name is Donna Hawes.

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