(FISHERS) - The stabbing death of a Fishers teenager has been ruled a homicide by the Hamilton County coroner.
The coroner found that 18-year-old Connor Shockley died from three stab wounds.
Shockley was found between two homes in a Fishers subdivision late Sunday night. 18-year-old Corbin Montgomery and a recent Hamilton Southeastern graduate were arrested in connection with Shockley's death. Montgomery says he acted in self-defense. The two had been arguing about a girl.
Police were called to the neighborhood after a fight broke out between two teens attending a house party. When police arrived, they found Shockley dead in a side yard.
Shockley, who was three credits shy of graduating from Fishers High School, had been fatally stabbed. Soon after, police arrested 18-year-old Corbin Montgomery on preliminary charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. Montgomery had just graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School.
Matt Woolwine, an acquaintance of Shockley's, recalled Shockley riding in the car with him just a few days ago talking about how he wanted to improve his life.
"He showed me a notebook on his phone; he had notes on his iPhone. He said, 'Dude, these are my goals, man. Get 100 percent healthy. Quit smoking. Quit drinking.' He said, 'I just want to be good. I want to do this for the right reasons. I want to do this for my family. I want to do this for my friends. I want to do this for me."
Montgomery is expected to have an initial court hearing Tuesday via video conference.
According to court documents, Montgomery and Shockley had been arguing through social media for several days prior to the flare-up on Sunday.
Shockley reportedly grabbed Montgomery's phone and ran with it, and Montgomery chased after him with a knife he got from his car, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Montgomery told investigators that Shockley punched him in the face during the altercation.
The probable cause affidavit says Shockley was stabbed three times and had cuts around his neck and defensive wounds on his hand.
Police did recover the knife that was used in the incident.
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