INDIANAPOLIS — A 16-year-old is facing a slew of charges, including murder and dangerous possession of a machine gun, in the killings of two men and a teenager who were found dead in a wooded area on Indianapolis’ south side in October.
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced the charges Friday and added that the 16-year-old — identified as Caden Smith — is being charged as an adult.
On October 12, the bodies of 17-year-old Abdulla Mubarak, 18-year-old Joseph Thomas and 22-year-old Michael James were found in the 4400 block of S. Meridian Street near I-465.
MCPO said Smith was identified as a suspect through his communication with the victims prior to their murders. In addition, the prosecutor’s office said that Smith was taken into custody during the execution of a search warrant, during which investigators found what is believed to be the murder weapon in his home.
Smith is facing the following charges:
- Felony murder (3 counts)
- Felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (3 counts)
- Felony dangerous possession of a machine gun
- Misdemeanor dangerous possession of a firearm
- Felony possession of methamphetamine
- Misdemeanor resisting law enforcement
- Misdemeanor possession of marijuana