Waiver hearing for teen crime spree suspect continued until next week

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INDIANAPOLIS – The juvenile court waiver hearing for a 15-year-old Indianapolis boy accused in a cross-county crime spree that included murder has been continued until June 5.

At 10:50 a.m., Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores called for a ten-minute recess.  Thirty minutes later, her baliff cleared the courtroom and announced the hearing would continue at 1 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m., prosecutors and Kenneth Riggins, attorney for the child, entered Judge Moores’ chambers and emerged 20 minutes later to announce to family that the hearing would be continued.

Three Indianapolis Metropolitan police detectives testified during the morning session that the teen and then 17-year-old Sirquain Burr engaged in a week’s worth of robberies and auto thefts before the Feb. 13 murder of John Yingling outside his Southport home.

Minutes later, Rex Souter was shot while walking his dog along Dandy Trial on the northwest side by a young male in a blue sport utility vehicle. That vehicle then circled through the subdivision and returned to track down Souter as at least three more shots were fired.

Soon a police chase of that vehicle ended with a crash on 56th Street where Burr and the teenager were arrested.

Burr, who was 17 when he was arrested but has since turned 18, has been charged as an adult.

Tuesday’s hearing was to determine if the youth would also be waived to criminal court to be tried as an adult.

He faces charges of robbery, auto theft, murder, attempted murder, resisting law enforcement, escape and a handgun violation.

During the break in testimony, in a hushed courtroom, the boy’s father was overhead asking the child, “Why are you crying?… They have to be here. They’re saving your life.”

The courtroom was packed with supporters and family members of the teen.

Next week, when the hearing is continued, Judge Moores will have the option of listening to more testimony for and against the teen’s waiver to criminal court or considering a potential plea agreement that would allow the youth to be sentenced as a juvenile.

As part of the state’s motion to waive the youth to criminal court, Prosecutor Terry Curry argued that “the said child is beyond the rehabilitation of the juvenile system.”