Suspect in quadruple Indianapolis slaying backs out of plea deal


Photo of Rackemann as he walks into hearing

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UPDATE (December 18): Rackemann backed out of the plea deal at his hearing on Friday. It is unknown at this time whether the death penalty is back on the table.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 14, 2015)— State prosecutors have agreed to not pursue the death penalty after a plea agreement was reached with Kenneth Rackemann, who is charged in a February 2014 quadruple homicide.

According to court documents filed Monday, Rackemann agreed to plead guilty to four counts of murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Rackemann, 26, will be sentenced to life without parole.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.

Prosecutors say Rackemann was the triggerman in the deaths of Walter “Buddy” Burnell, 47; Jacob Rodemich, 43; and Kristy Sanchez, 22. The shooting happened on Feb. 20, 2014, at a home in the 3400 block of South Parker Avenue.

Rackemann and two others charged in the case–Anthony LaRussa, 28, and Samanta Bradley, 22– went to the house to steal drugs and money from the victims, prosecutors said.

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