On Saturday July 26, 2014 ABC Nightline Prime will cover the case of the Elkhart 4.

Reporter Juju Chang will interview Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and their mothers.  She will also explore felony murder and juvenile justice.

The episode will air on ABC stations nationwide starting at 10:00 pm local time.

The episode is summarised by as follows,

Some mistakes you can never take back – and can have deadly consequences. Four teenagers and their young adult friend from Elkhart County, Indiana found this out the hard way. They made a fateful decision one afternoon in October 2012 that would change their lives forever, and ultimately raise provocative questions about the nature of the juvenile crime and punishment system in our country. With explosive new interviews and revelations, Juju Chang and “Nightline Prime” go deep inside the “Elkhart 4” murder case on “Nightline Prime,” airing SATURDAY, JULY 26 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

With Levi Sparks, 17, waiting across the street, Blake Layman, 16, Jose Quiroz, 16, Anthony Sharp, 18, and Danzele Johnson, 21, broke into the home of Rodney Scott, who was sleeping. Startled by the noise, Scott grabbed his gun, shot it several times, killing Johnson and wounding Layman. The teens were all charged as adults with felony murder of their friend Danzele Johnson. Each one is now serving at least 45 years in prison for a murder they argue they did not commit.

With jailhouse interviews, documentation of the transfer of one of the boys from the juvenile housing unit at the prison to the adult side of the prison, and an examination of how a minor can be charged as an adult in a felony murder when he did not pull the trigger. —


We will continue to update with more information as it become available.


  • As a legal assistant, I truly believe it is important to understand 3 basic things here. 1. Felony murder, historically has been for adults with COMPLETE knowledge of the possibility of someone getting hurt during the commission of their crime. 2. Felony murder has always been the issue when an innocent victim was killed NOT one of the offenders. 3.These teens WERE NOT armed, they BELIEVED no one was home. My question is this! An adult, be it a parent, family friend, etc. tragically beats and batters a toddler, only gets between 10 and 15 years, how can the court give a 45 to 55 year sentence in this case?