Indianapolis police say more than half of city’s 107 murders in 2016 remain unsolved

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police are investigating another overnight murder.

The city’s latest shooting on the near east side brings the total number of criminal homicides in Indianapolis this year to 107. More than half of those cases remain unsolved.

Still, police say people shouldn’t be discouraged because sometimes justice requires patience.

“I prefer to think Indianapolis as a community is better than that,” said IMPD Assistant Chief Randal Taylor.

So far this month, Indianapolis has seen 14 murders in the last 16 days, but only one has resulted in an arrest.

Walter Davis is accused of killing his 65-year-old roommate for what police call “revenge.”

Robert Drake is also wanted for questioning in an attempted robbery and killing of Kealing.

Chief Taylor says the IMPD has seen an increase in tips from the community, but most homicides take time to match witness information with physical evidence.

“We of course encourage people to give us what they can, but also be willing to follow it through.  We prefer if they stick with it through the court proceedings,” said Taylor.

While just under 50 percent of the city’s murders are unsolved in 2016, Taylor hopes the clearance rate will end the year around 70 percent.  That would be a similar number to what the department has posted the last couple of years.

“I hope people realize IMPD is doing their best to solve these cases,” said Taylor.