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Death penalty sought in Hovey St. slayings

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Zarumin Coleman Zarumin Coleman
Tommy Warren Tommy Warren
Donte Hobson Donte Hobson
Jasper Frazier Jasper Frazier
Ronald Davis Ronald Davis

Indianapolis - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged with four counts of murder in the slayings of two women and their two young children in their home.

Ronald Davis, 30, is also charged with other felony counts for last week's shooting deaths of the 24-year-old women and the children they held in their arms.

Five suspects accused in the Hovey Street murders, including Davis, were formally charged Thursday afternoon.

The judge gave Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi until 3:00 pm Thursday to finalize charges against the men, who had initial hearings Wednesday.

Prosecutors name the five men in the January 14 Hovey Street quadruple murders. Police found Andrea Yarrell and Gina Hunt shot to death along with their children. The victims' families attended Wednesday's hearing, and Sheriff Frank Anderson ordered extra security in the courtroom.

Four other men will be charged with felony counts for plotting to rob the home where the victims were slain, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Thursday.
 
Brizzi said investigators believe Davis was the shooter in the crime he described as "an act of domestic terrorism."

Davis, Jasper Frazier, 36, Zarumin Coleman, 21, Donte Hobson, 30, and Tommy Warren, 24, all of Indianapolis, were in on the plot to rob the home on Jan. 14, Brizzi said. All but Warren were at the home the night of the shootings, he said. But Warren was the man who devised the plan, believing drugs and cash were inside, Brizzi said.

Frazier has told investigators it was Davis who killed the women and children. They all were shot multiple times in the face and torso. Davis has claimed Frazier did the killings.

Charges

Ronald Davis is charged with four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, A felony conspiracy to commit robbery, A felony attempted robbery, A felony burglary and B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Jasper Frazier is charged with A felony conspiracy to commit robbery, A felony attempted robbery, A felony burglary and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Zarumin Coleman is charged with A felony conspiracy to commit robbery, B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and D felony criminal confinement.

Donte Hobson is charged with A felony conspiracy to commit robbery and B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Tommy Warren is charged with A felony conspiracy to commit robbery.

Prosecutors say Warren, Davis and Coleman talked about robbing the house on Hovey Street because they thought they'd find a large amount of marijuana there.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Davis and Coleman left Warren at his apartment and went to pick up Donte Hobson and then returned to Warren's apartment to pick him up before proceeding to the robbery. However, Warren had left his apartment with his brother, so Coleman called Japer Frazier asked him to go with them to Hovey St. to commit the robbery.

Prosecutors say after arriving at the Hovey St. home, Frazier and Davis allegedly entered the house and at this time Davis demanded that Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell give them marijuana and money. When Hunt and Yarrell responded that the marijuana had already been picked up, Davis allegedly shot Gina and Jordan Hunt and Andrea and Charlii Yarrell.

After the murders, the suspects fled in a black SUV with a Colts license plate. Prosecutors believe Coleman kept Frazier detained in Frazier's apartment in the days following the murders, and that Frazier escaped when the building was surrounding in a SWAT call-out January 17th.

Brizzi plans to try the case himself, so he's limited on commenting about it, especially on his intent to seek the death penalty. Brizzi always make his final decision on seeking the death penalty after meeting with victims' family members. Elizabeth Duncan, Gina Hunt's mother, said Wednesday she has always been against the death penalty and sounded unsure about whether she wanted it for those responsible for her daughter's death.

Hovey Street probable cause affidavit

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