INDIANAPOLIS – A man was sentenced to 65 years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in the 1989 rape and murder of an Indianapolis teen.
Rodney Denk was charged in 2012, more than two decades after 16-year-old Amy Weidner was killed. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Denk admitted to beating, sexually assaulting and strangling her inside her mother’s home on November 13, 1989. He pleaded guilty to rape and murder charges.
The case went unsolved for several years until Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Sgt. William Carter reopened it. Carter and IMPD Sgt. David Ellison interviewed several witnesses and reexamined old evidence. A hand print found at the 1989 crime scene was compared to Denk’s prints—and police found a match.
Prosecutors filed charges against Denk in July 2012.
Denk was 18 years old at the time of the murder, and was there to burglarize the house. He thought the house would be empty, and was surprised when Weidner, who was home taking care of her daughter, confronted him. Denk was a friend of Weidner’s brother, investigators said.