Indianapolis men face federal charges in fatal shooting of Jennings County gun store owner

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(from left to right) Darryl Worthen, Dejaun Worthen, and Darion Harris

INDIANAPOLIS (March 13, 2015) – Three Indianapolis men face federal charges in connection with the robbery and murder of a Jennings County gun store owner.

Darryl Anthony Worthen, 25, Dejuan Andre Worthen, 23 and Darion Dashon Harris, 20, were arrested in September following the death of 61-year-old Scott Maxie, who owned Muscatatuck Outdoors, a gun store located at 8485 W. County Road 200 S. in North Vernon, Ind. U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced federal charges in the case Friday.

Maxie was found dead in September 2014. He’d been shot in the head and killed in the store, investigators said. The men traveled from Indianapolis to North Vernon in order to check out the inventory and rob the owner on Sept. 20, prosecutors said. They went back to Indianapolis and returned a day later to carry out the actual robbery.

The men disabled a security camera at the store, investigators said, before Darryl Worthen used a .22-caliber handgun to kill Maxie. He and the others then stole several guns and returned to Indianapolis.  The men sold the firearms and kept several for themselves, investigators said.

The arrests came as the result of a joint investigation involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department and the Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office.

The federal charges against the men are discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and theft of firearms.

Jennings County Prosecutor Brian Belding said local charges against the men would be dismissed because federal charges carry harsher sentences.

“Since the defendants have been charged federally, I will file to dismiss the charges filed by the State of Indiana,” Belding said. “Thereafter, the defendants will be taken into custody by federal agents and held until until they face trial for the alleged charges.”

Belding said all three men could face the death penalty if convicted.