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ABOVE: (from left to right) Kenneth Rackemann, Samantha Bradley, Anthony LaRussa and Valencia Williams

INDIANAPOLIS (April 10, 2014) – A judge denied a murder suspect’s request to get married as he awaits trial in the February slayings of four people on the southeast side.

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Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann appeared in court Thursday afternoon along with Anthony LaRussa, 26; Valencia Williams, 21; and Samantha Bradley, 20.

Rackemann’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday requesting permission for the 24-year-old to marry his fiancée. He’s accused of fatally shooting Walter Burnell, Jacob Rodemich and Kristy Sanchez. He’s also accused of shooting and wounding Hayley Navarra on Feb. 20 in Burnell’s home on South Parker Avenue. Investigators said Williams fired the shots that killed Navarra.

According to court documents, the killings were part of an attempt to steal drugs and money from Burnell’s house. Witnesses said the home was the site of several drug deals for methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Charges against Rackemann and the others include murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. A decision on the death penalty is expected within the next week. A tentative trial date has been scheduled for Sept. 15.

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