Plea deal reached in quadruple Indianapolis slaying, prosecutor says


Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 9, 2015) – The man accused in the deaths of four people in a quadruple homicide on the southeast side of Indianapolis has reached a plea deal.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry confirmed the news Wednesday, saying Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann had agreed to plead guilty in the case. Rackemann, 26, has a change of plea hearing scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18. Curry couldn’t discuss details of the deal because it hadn’t yet been filed, he told FOX59.

Rackemann is the accused triggerman in a shooting that killed Walter “Buddy” Burnell, 47; Jacob Rodemich, 43; and Kristy Sanchez, 22. According to court documents, Rackeman also wounded Hayley Navarra, 21, and ordered an accomplice, Valencia Williams, 23, to kill Navarra.

Valencia and two others, Anthony LaRussa, 28, and Samanta Bradley, 22, were also charged in the case.

The shooting happened on Feb. 20, 2014, at a home in the 3400 block of South Parker Avenue. Rackemann and the others went to the house to steal drugs and money from the victims, prosecutors said.

Bradley pleaded guilty in August 2014 to conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in death. She’d originally faced murder and robbery charges as well, but prosecutors dropped them. In exchange, she’ll testify against Rackemann and others in the case.

Prosecutors had announced plans to seek the death penalty for Rackemann in connection with the quadruple homicide.

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