Justin Lower charged with Marcus Phelps’ murder outside LP bar

Justin Lower (mugshot taken 8/30/14 at LaPorte County Jail)

Justin Lower (mugshot taken 8/30/14 at LaPorte County Jail)

Justin M. Lower, 26, of LaPorte, is charged with the murder of Marcus Phelps, 25, of LaPorte, after a stabbing outside Lucky Bar in downtown LaPorte Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014.

Marcus Phelps (Facebook photo)

Marcus Phelps (Facebook photo)

LaPorte Police were called shortly after 2 a.m. and found Phelps in the alley behind the bar. Lucky Bar is located on Lincolnway across from LaPorte Hospital. Phelps was pronounced dead at 3:58 a.m. at the LaPorte Hospital Emergency Department, and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend, according to LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan.

Sullivan released Phelps’ name Saturday afternoon after family was notified.

Phelps was a 2007 LaPorte High School graduate and a star wide receiver on the LPHS football team.

According to online criminal information sites, Lower was arrested in 2006, 2008 and 2011 on charges including dealing and possession of drugs, escape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and revocation of suspended sentence.

Anyone with more information on the stabbing is asked to contact Det./Cpl. Airy or Det. Allen at 362-9446.

25 Responses to “Justin Lower charged with Marcus Phelps’ murder outside LP bar”

  1. penny flick

    Aug 30. 2014

    My prayers go out to the Phelps family.

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  2. kristin propes-moss

    Aug 30. 2014

    Prayers to the whole phelps family. This is a terrible tragedy. U r all in my prayers.

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  3. Chris Lidgard

    Aug 30. 2014

    Marcus was such a great young man. I had him as a student and he was a friend of my son Aaron and a great football player. Such a huge loss my prayers to his son and family.

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  4. Jake

    Aug 30. 2014

    Lower’s family in my thoughts and prayers

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    • Rebecca

      Aug 31. 2014

      I know Justin’s family! It’s sad that life takes spirals and people do things like this!

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  5. ANTOINETTE FRYE

    Aug 31. 2014

    Sad,,,,,,,sad,,,,,,,prayers to the Phelps family

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  6. Chris

    Aug 31. 2014

    A horrible tragedy. Rip brother from All of USW 6787.

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  7. Sue Satoski

    Aug 31. 2014

    This is so senseless!! God Bless the Phelps family!!! We need to clean up LaPorte!!! Go get em’ LP Sherriffs office.

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  8. Kitti

    Aug 31. 2014

    He always had a smile. Prayers for Marcus phelps family

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  9. lisa Vitale

    Aug 31. 2014

    We are losing to many good kids! My prayers for the family and friends

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  10. Ruth White

    Aug 31. 2014

    To Mindy & Janell also your family, sorry to here about Marcus he was a good young man. I will keep you all in pray.

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  11. Lynnette

    Aug 31. 2014

    Such a tragedy! So many lives affected and changed forever. Sending prayers for comfort and strength.

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  12. Janie Harnett

    Aug 31. 2014

    My prayers and condolences go out to Mindy, Wendy, Joey, and Sandy at this difficult time. Marcus was such a sweet little guy when he lived just 2 doors down from us and turned out to be quite the man. Wishing you strength and courage to see you through this tragedy.~Janie~

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  13. ginny whitehead

    Sep 01. 2014

    This is another useless murder. Prayers to the family of this young man.

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  14. Coach Mathis

    Sep 01. 2014

    RIP Marcus! You were a good man!

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  15. Elva

    Sep 01. 2014

    Prayers & deepest sympathies to Marcus’ family. Especially his young son who will miss him greatly. Sad

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  16. Dan

    Sep 01. 2014

    What a tragedy,Marcus was a fine young man

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  17. tim blaze

    Sep 02. 2014

    My prayers go out to Marcus family i went to school with him he was a great person to know

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  18. jen

    Sep 02. 2014

    Prayers to Marcus’ s family an little boy… My husband an
    Sons played Basketball with Marcus at the YMCA..
    He will be missed greatly…

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  19. Terri

    Sep 02. 2014

    Such a sad tradegy. Two lives will be changed forever. May Marcus rest in peace and Justin get the help he needs. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the familys and friends affected.

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  20. Eva

    Sep 02. 2014

    We Love You Marcus! Your Earthly Life has ended but your Smile, Spirit and Love will FOREVER LIVE! God Bless You Mindy, Nathan, Dree and the Phelps Family! the Upshers

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  21. liz

    Sep 02. 2014

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of marcus I did not get the pleasure to meet him but I did know justin. Rip marcus and may god be with you justin

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  22. Susan Klibinski

    Sep 04. 2014

    What a difference in the lives of these two young men, yet unfortunately, they crossed paths. It’s really too bad this troubled and angry man was out drinking and partying in public. He shouldn’t have had the right to be among law abiding citizens. I have to wonder what the consequences for his actions will be this time.

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  23. Ginny Wilson

    Sep 08. 2014

    I wonder the same thing, Susan…..he should NEVER have been out and about in the first place, maybe still in jail????? What makes a person this angry that they kill someone???? I hope he gets the punishment he deserves for this crime, but at the same time I think he NEEDS real help with his issues….

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  24. zachary unger

    Sep 14. 2014

    R.I.p Marcus u were always a great friend to have around miss ya buddy

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