Two ‘Grundy Crew’ members appear in court for preliminary hearings

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Update (December 21, 2016) -- Gammon was sentenced to two years, all suspended but time served. He will serve 706 days on home detention.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27, 2015)-- Two members of the notorious "Grundy Crew" were in Marion Superior Court for preliminary hearings on conspiracy to commit murder and drug charges.

William Gammon and Lance Hatcher appeared before Judge Mark Stoner who set a March trial date for Gammon.

Gammon and Hatcher were arrested along with five other members of their northside gang, including leader Richard Grundy III, last January after a police chase that resulted in gunfire and drug arrests in the vicinity of West 31st Street and Boulevard Place.

Since that time, Grundy has been charged with orchestrating five murders and running a marijuana ring that stretched from Indianapolis to Phoenix, Arizona.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced last Friday that Grundy and ten associates, including his wife and father, were facing conspiracy and racketeering charges.

One of those arrested, Eric Butler, calls himself "L’il E" and appeared in a rap video that was shot in downtown Indianapolis last summer after many of his associates were also facing criminal charges.

That video portrays Butler and friends flashing stacks of cash and participating in the fictionalized murder of a rival in a basement.

Gammon is a rapper, also, who goes by the name "L’il Billy" and posted a video this summer warning "snitches" and witnesses not to cooperate with police.

He also made an obscene reference to a reporter.

“It's just music, Mr. McQuaid,” said Gammon as he left court. “I appreciate the shout out you gave me on TV.”

While Gammon and Hatcher remain free on bond, their co-defendant, Anthony Bullock, is being held as a result of last week’s criminal charges.

Grundy, too, remains jailed while other members of his crew are being held on $150,000 bonds.

Curry said the recent arrests are the result of a 22-month investigation that may lead to charges in as many as two dozen unsolved killings since 2012.