Prosecutors will seek death penalty for suspect accused of murdering four

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (July 15, 2014)--  Prosecutors will pursue the death penalty for one suspect in a quadruple homicide that occurred on South Parker Avenue on February 20.

Police arrested Kenneth Rackemann, 24, Samantha Bradley, 20, Valencia Williams, 21, and Anthony LaRussa, 26, following the fatal shootings of four people inside the southeast side home.

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Request for death sentence

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Tuesday that he will pursue the death penalty for Rackemann's case.

Read the Marion County Prosecutor's request for death sentence here: Kenneth Rackemann death penalty filing

The three co-defendants are charged in the murders and have pending cases now before the court.

Curry lists 12 aggravators in seeking capitol punishment, including murder, robbery and parole violations in the killing of each victim.

The deceased are 21-year-old Hayley Navarra, 22-year-old Kristy Mae Sanchez, 43-year-old Jacob Rodemich and 47-year-old Walter Burnell.

According to court documents, Rackemann fatally shot Burnell, and then stalked everyone else inside the house as he demanded to know where Burnell kept his safe. An informant said Rackemann shot and killed Burnell, Rodemich and Sanchez. He said Williams fatally shot Navarra. The witness told police that Navarra pledged not to say anything about the killings if they let her live; she was shot twice in the head.

Curry said the suspects had several inconsistencies in the suspects' stories when interviewed. Investigators also found forensic evidence linking them to the crime.

The next hearing for all four defendants is scheduled for August 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The Marion County Prosecutor is also considering the death penalty for Major Davis II, accused in the murder of IMPD officer Perry Renn.

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From left to right: Hayley Navarra, Kristy Sanchez, Jacob Rodemich and Walter Burnell

8 comments

  • Justice 4 Victims

    I certainly hope and pray that all 4 of the killers receive the Death Sentence! After all ALL 4 VICTIMS did. They did not have the luxury of a jury and judge or prosecutors to decide their sentence. The victims children, parents, siblings, Aunts,Uncle’s and extended family will always suffer and be haunted by what these FOUR ruthless, heartless individuals did to their loved ones.

  • Penny Steele

    It won’t bring my son back but it will keep him from destroying anyone else’s life. So many people have been hurt with the ripple effect this has cause.we only had three people in our family now we are a family of two. This man needs to die so no one else has to go through this. I would not have been able to handle all this had it not been fo all of pokers kind friends here in Indy to help me. I had to drive from Ca. To come and get his ashes and they welcomed me with open arms. Thank you everyone I am glad the trial is about to begin.

    • Mandy

      I have been reading about this awful crime, and I seen your comment I would like to say how sorry I am for the pain you must be going through my deepest sympathys are with you and your relatives and friends and may your son RIP also the other victims they are all now guardian angels watching over there loved ones.
      Again I’m sorry for your lose and I hope I haven’t said anything wrong rip to all x🙏

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