3 arrested in connection with deadly shooting

Posted at 2:17 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 15:17:10-05

 Omaha Police have arrested three people in connection with the city’s latest double murder.

The Omaha Police Department says a 15-year-old will face charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in connection with the shooting deaths of James Starr and Brandon Phelps.

Two others, 18-year-old Warren Anderson and a 17-year-old, have also been arrested. Warren Anderson faces a charge of accessory to commit a felony, while the 17-year-old faces a charge of accessory and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The 15-year-old, who KMTV is not identifying because of his age, was arrested on Wednesday, police said, for violation of juvenile probation.

Investigators say the SUV Starr and Phelps were found in is the one used in the Nov. 28 shooting death of Jonathan Johnson, but the two homicide cases are not connected.

“The homicides of James Starr and Brandon Phelps were not an act of retaliation for the Jonathan Johnson murder,” officials said in a statement Friday.

They add that detectives are still trying to eliminate Starr and Phelps as possible suspects in Johnson’s murder.

"The Omaha Police Homicide and Gang Unit detectives worked around the clock to bring this homicide case to a swift conclusion with the arrest of these three suspects," police said.

The continue to ask the public to call Omaha Crime Stoppers, (402) 444-STOP, if they have any information in either case.  Tips that lead to an arrest in homicide cases can result in a $25,000 reward.