Hendricks Co. hearings expected next month in bus incident


Mary Milz/Eyewitness News

Hendricks County - Two former high school basketball players accused of a violent attack on a team bus will likely reach plea deals.

"I'm wanting a minimum - myself, personally - that's an apology, let's start there," said Ricky Davis, victim's father.

The parents of the 15-year-old boy allegedly assaulted on a Carmel school bus last January say they just want acknowledgment from their son's teammates and school officials that something bad happened.

"It means so much to be acknowledged and when you hear it didn't take place or he's not telling the truth, you've got to be kidding me. We've turned our lives upside down," said Sheronda Davis, victim's mother.

Tuesday the couple learned that attorneys for Brandon Hoge and Robert Kitzinger were negotiating plea agreements in Hendricks County. That's where the two are accused of assaulting the boy as they rode the bus back to Carmel after an away game.

"I think plea agreements are fine. It's okay entering plea agreements," said Robert Turner, victim's attorney.

But Turner says he'd prefer to hear about it from the prosecutor, not media reports.

"I still think there should have been an effort to notify my clients of the plea negotiations even if it's not a concrete deal yet," he said.

While Hoge's plea hearing is set for next week and Kitzinger's is set for February, the Carmel bus saga isn't about to end anytime soon. The Davises say they're committed to a civil suit against Carmel Clay Schools for its handling of the assault investigations.

"Here in Carmel they try to portray themselves as Camelot and things happen and something needs to be done," said Sheron Davis.

Hendricks County Prosecutor Pat Baldwin says she has reached a tentative deal with Brandon Hoge but it still needs to be signed. She says if the victim so desires, he absolutely has a right to speak at sentencing.