Final 2 men convicted in shooting that killed local DJ

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2014) – The final two suspects have been convicted in connection with the November 2012 murder of a local DJ and the attempted murder of another man.

On Nov. 15, 2012, Thomas Keys (also known as DJ Keys) was found dead at the “One Stop Media” music studio near East 46th Street and North Keystone Avenue. Marvin Finny II was shot in both wrists but survived. Investigators said the men had been lured to the studio with offers of a music project.

Instead, they were tied up, beaten and shot, court documents said. Finney told police he played dead until his attackers left. He ran to a nearby CVS store to get help. Both men had been bound with zip ties and duct tape.

Four people had already been convicted in the case. On Wednesday, jurors found Dominique Hamler and Dontee Robinson guilty for their involvement.

The six suspects convicted in connection with the case are:

  • Nathaniel Armstrong was convicted by a jury on Oct. 24, 2013, of murder, kidnapping (A Felony), and attempt murder (A Felony). Prosecutors filed a Criminal Gang sentence enhancement which added 65 years to his sentence. He was sentenced to a total of 175 years.
  • Dominique Hamler was convicted by a jury on May 14 of murder, attempt murder (A Felony), robbery (A Felony), criminal confinement (B Felony), and conspiracy to commit criminal confinement (B Felony). Hamler is expected to be sentenced on June 4.
  • Darin Jackson was convicted by a jury on Feb. 26, 2014, of conspiracy to commit criminal confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 18 years.
  • James McDuffy was convicted by a jury on Oct. 24, 2013, of murder, attempt murder (A Felony), kidnapping (A Felony), robbery (A Felony), criminal confinement (B Felony), conspiracy to commit kidnapping (A Felony), and conspiracy to commit criminal confinement (B Felony). Prosecutors requested a habitual offender sentence enhancement, and he was sentenced to a total of 185 years.
  • Dontee Robinson was convicted by a jury on May 14 of murder, attempt murder (A Felony), robbery (A Felony), criminal confinement (B Felony), and conspiracy to commit criminal confinement (B Felony). Robinson is expected to be sentenced on June 4.
  • Carlton Hart was convicted by a jury on March 27, 2014, of murder, criminal confinement (B Felony), and conspiracy to commit criminal confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 65 years.

In October 2010, murder charges against Hart were dropped in a separate 2008 case. The investigation was profiled on The Shift, a cable television reality show that followed Indianapolis Metropolitan police detectives. Hart spent about two years in jail awaiting trial before charges were dismissed. He later filed a defamation lawsuit.

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