INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2015)-- Five men of a north side crew that investigators and acquaintances say are linked to murder, drugs, violence and intimidation across the city have been charged with major felonies that authorities hope will keep them in jail awaiting trial.
Richard Grundy III and five associates were arrested on cocaine dealing and conspiracy to commit murder charges after a police pursuit and shooting in the 300 block of West 31st Street January 29.
Charges were dropped against one man and another won't face the conspiracy to commit murder count, but all face potential prison terms of maximum 16-30 years.
"Talk to my lawyer," was Grundy's response when asked about the charges as he was walked handcuffed through the basement of the City County Building on his way to court.
Grundy had no answer when he was asked about the allegations of murder that have followed him and his crew.
Investigators claim that Carlos Jefferson, Julius Douglas, Tyrece Dorsey and William Davis each ran afoul of Grundy and his associates a year ago and were murdered.
John Means, an alleged Grundy hit man, faces trial in those cases.
Grundy, Ronnie Batts, Adrian Bullock, William Gammon and Lance Hatcher were arrested when IMPD detectives detailed to a federal investigation attempted to stop the men after they left a rented home on the northside last Thursday night, committed suspected drug sales and fired several shots, some of them barely missing a mother and two young children in a nearby home.
"This case is going to unravel like a cheap sweater," said Grundy's attorney David Hennessy. "It really shows a lack of understanding between legally admissible evidence and police officer speculation.
"Look at the charges," he continued. "And/or this, and/or this guy, and/or that guy. If you can't charge it, you don't know enough to say specifically what happened, that's a strong indication you just don't know."
Detectives recovered guns, cocaine and $109,000 in cash from the home.
Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson, who handles Marion County's highest profile murder cases, was seen after the Grundy hearing conferring with an IMPD homicide detective assigned a number of unsolved killings.
"This was an incident where, because of the firing at officers and so forth, I was contacted and went to the scene," she said. "I think the charges that they're facing right now certianly indicate, the drug charges and the firearms charges, indicate that they present a danger."
While Robinson said she could not comment on any pending investigations regarding the Grundy crew, she did acknowledge that their names did come up in the John Means double homicide cases.
"There is certainly, as indicated in the Means probable cause, some link with certain individuals involved in this investigation. Whether that ends up in the filing of additional charges, I have yet to determine."
In the hallway outside of court, friends of the relatives blasted the media for coverage of the crime and the Grundy group's links to other murders.
"You guys are assassinating his character," said a young woman who refused to give her name but said she was Grundy's sister.
"The media has assassinated my family's character. The right to a free trial is extensial (sic) and I just believe that the media has assassinated the character. You guys have already publicly convicted my family on these allegations. I would just would really appreciate if you would let our family have a fair trial. We are not a gang. We are a family and I would appreciate if you guys would respect my family and not assassinate my family's name which is what all you guys have done."
Another woman spoke in favor of William Gammon who also faces a charge as a serious violent felon armed with a gun.
"He's a good guy," said Michelle Gammon, a cousin. "He's got music in the street. People love his music. He got positive music. He ain't out here on no killing music or none of that, hurting people selling dope and all that. He got positive music out here in the streets."
"Want the world and know the world hear it," she announced. "Listen to Little Billy out here. He's doing it. He's doing it big. He's doing it good. He's going to the top. He's a provider for his family. He's not a street person out here. He changed his life around."
The five men are each being held on $150,000.
Police and acquaintances told FOX59 News that they fear the defendants will intimidate witnesses if they post bail.
"They've got nothing to fear," said Hennessy as the elevator doors closed on the third floor court wing after his client's hearing.