Suspects in Indianapolis quadruple slaying appear in court

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 25, 2014) – Four people arrested in connection with a quadruple slaying appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Kenneth Rackemann, 24, Samantha Bradley, 20, Valencia Williams, 21, and Anthony Larussa, 26, following the fatal shootings of four people inside a southeast side home. In court, prosecutors requested a continuance, and the judge granted that request.

Rackemann, Bradley and Williams face preliminary charges of murder and are being held on no bond. Larussa faces a charge of robbery and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Police said the suspects knew the victims and went to the house to rob the victims of drugs and money.

The shooting killed 21-year-old Hayley Navarra, 22-year-old Kristy Mae Sanchez, 43-year-old Jacob Rodemich and 47-year-old Walter Burnell. Their bodies were found around 8 p.m. last Thursday in a house located in the 3200 block of South Parker Avenue.

Soon after the slayings, police said the homicides didn’t appear to be random. The homicides were part of a violent string across Indianapolis in which eight people died.

Suspects Anthony Larussa (bottom left) and Kenneth Rackemann (bottom right) can be seen with victim Walter Burnell (top center) about a month before the quadruple murder.

Suspects Anthony Larussa (bottom left) and Kenneth Rackemann (bottom right) can be seen with victim Walter Burnell (top center) about a month before the quadruple murder.

Court documents remained sealed Tuesday as IMPD Detectives and the Marion County Prosecutors Office worked to sift through a large amount of information.

Sources tell Fox59 detectives were working to identify the guns used in the killings. Several people who have not been charged have been interviewed.

Detectives were also attempting to confirm alibis offered by some of the suspects. One of those suspects is Kenneth Rackemann. On his way out of the courtroom Tuesday, he told news reporters that he was at Applebee’s on the night of the killings.

Rackemann’s family told Fox59 the same thing outside the courtroom.

Nikki Trotter, who is the sister of Rackemann and cousin of Anthony Larussa insisted the two men could not have been involved in the murders.

“They were at the Greenwood Mall, at Applebee’s at 5:30 and they didn’t leave until about 8:30, 9:00,” Trotter said. “They’re innocent.”

Other family members of Rackemann said they knew he was involved in drugs and other illegal activities, but they did not believe he was capable of murder.

Although the 911 call regarding the discovery of the bodies came at 8:07pm Thursday, it’s not clear when the killings may have occurred.

Trotter said the people who hung out in the Parker Avenue house were more like family than friends, and she did not believe her brother or cousin would have wanted to hurt anyone there.

“Yeah he’s done wrongdoings in his life, he’s not an angel. Everybody makes mistakes. But, he’s not capable of killing four people,” she said.

More details on the case should become clear Friday afternoon when formal charges are expected to be filed against the suspects.

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(from left to right) Hayley Navarra, Kristy Sanchez, Jacob Rodemich and Walter Burnell