INDIANAPOLIS (United States) March 4 (AP) – Three Indianapolis men have been charged with shooting dead three young men and a woman in a ransacked apartment in Indianapolis, a prosecutor said Friday. A young woman was convicted of murder and other charges.
Cameron Banks, Desmond Banks and Larson Watkins were found guilty of four counts after a five-day trial, Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears said. counts of murder, felony murder and robbery resulting in grievous bodily injury.
The charges stem from the February 2020 shootings of Braxton Ford, Kimari Hunt, Jalen Roberts and Marcel Wills.
In October last year, a fourth suspect, Rodrience Anderson, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery causing grievous bodily harm and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors under a plea agreement.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the arrests at a news conference in which he praised the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the “cooperation and collaboration of community members” who have arrest efforts.
Hogsett said: “While there is nothing to resurrect these four young men whose lives were cut short by senseless violence, these charges are a meaningful step towards justice for the families affected. “
Late on the night of February 5, a witness who noticed the apartment’s patio door was smashed and possibly shot at called police. Callers said the “subject” was seen fleeing the scene.
Inside, police found the four victims, the apartment ransacked, drawers pulled from the dresser, and an empty safe, which also contained a key, in a closet, according to the affidavit. Two guns were also missing, it said.
According to the affidavit, a witness told detectives that he was in the apartment on the night of the killing and saw three men in hoodies appear there. That person told detectives that “everyone in the apartment was rolling the dice and one of the males was constantly coming in and out of the residence while the other male was constantly going in and out of the bathroom as if he was trying to look around the house,” the affidavit states.
Witnesses provided a description of the vehicle, which investigators identified on surveillance video, the affidavit said. (Associated Press)
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