Men accused of killing pizza delivery driver appear in court

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2014) – Two men accused of killing a pizza delivery driver last month were due in court Tuesday for an initial hearing.

Derek Romano and Jeremiah Roberts are accused of killing John Sullivan on Jan. 19. His remains were found inside a home in the 1800 block of Belmont Avenue. The home was being used as an animal shelter.

Homicide victim reported missing hours before body was found at dog shelter

John Sullivan

Romano appeared in court just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said Roberts was on suicide watch and went to his court appearance later in the day. Both men were assigned public defenders and not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.

Police believe Sullivan delivered a pizza to the address before Roberts and Romano killed him. Police arrested the pair in Wyoming days later, charging them with murder and robbery. They were with Sullivan’s car when they were found, authorities said.

Detectives said the men spent several days trying to lure pizza delivery drivers to their location. Sullivan was killed in the basement before the men stole his car, police said. They also took two pit bulls, according to authorities.

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