Four charged in Indianapolis quadruple murder
It was standing room only in the courtroom at the City-County Building as four suspects in the February 20th quadruple murder appeared in court to hear charges Friday.
The main shooting suspect, Kenneth Rackemann, was escorted out after an outburst. Rackemann shouted that he hadn't killed anyone and the judge ordered him out of the courtroom.
Prosecutors say Rackemann, along with Anthony LaRussa, Valencia Williams and Samantha Bradley, are responsible for a robbery that turned deadly for two men and two women.
Metro Police officers found the bodies of Hayley Navarro, 21, Kristy Mae Sanchez, 22, Jacob Rodemich, 43, and Walter Burnell, 47, in different rooms of a suspected drug house on South Parker Avenue on the Indianapolis south side.
Court documents say 26-year-old Anthony LaRussa set up the robbery. He also reportedly came up with an alibi which suspect Kenneth Rackemann mentioned after his first court appearance.
"I was at Applebee's with my family," Rackemann insisted.
Kenneth Rackemann went to the house, according to the court documents, but left Samantha Bradley and Valencia Williams in the car. Prosecutors say once he was inside the house, Rackemann demanded money from a safe and then started shooting the four victims but ran out of ammunition.
Rackemann reportedly called Valencia Williams on her cell phone.
"Then Valencia Williams came into the house and shot Hayley Navarro twice in the head," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
Navarro's mother says despite her daughter's drug problem, she didn't deserve to die.
"Over a dollar, some meth, some pills...it doesn't make sense to me," said Tennessee Schulze. "I think this town needs to crack down on all the drug crime that's going on. I think there needs to be more done and our young people, they don't value life."
"He didn't kill nobody over a dollar," said Tia Brasfield, Rackemann's girlfriend.
Brasfield argues prosecutors have it all wrong. She says Rackemann is just not the killing type.
"Doesn't have the heart to kill someone like that. That's not him. I know him personally in a different way than anybody on the streets. I am his girlfriend," she said.
Now as the families of four murder victims plan their funerals, the four people accused in their deaths await their next day in court.
Family members of the four victims are in the process of planning their funerals.
Prosecutor Curry says this is a case that could qualify for the death penalty or life without the chance of parole, based on the suspects' criminal records.
The following people have been charged:
Kenneth Rackemann: Four counts of Murder, four counts of Felony Murder, Robbery (Class A Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (Class A Felony).
Anthony LaRussa: Four counts of Felony Murder, Robbery (Class A Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (Class A Felony).
Valencia Williams: One count of Murder, four counts of Felony Murder, Robbery (Class A Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (Class A Felony).
Samantha Bradley: Four counts of Felony Murder, Robbery (Class A Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (Class A Felony).