Davis pleads guilty in Hovey Street murders

Ronald Davis

Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - One of the suspects in the January 14th Hovey Street quadruple murders avoided the death penalty Friday. Although Ronald Davis pleaded guilty, he threw the court for a loop when he demanded that he was pleading guilty to being present at the murders, but that he did not pull the trigger.

"He killed her best friend and her baby too. They didn't deserve it," said the sister of one of the victims.

Families of the victims in the Hovey Street murders say they're relieved to clear one more hurdle towards justice in the case. They packed the courtroom for the hearing of Ronald Davis, who pleaded guilty in the killings but denied pulling the trigger.

"Between him and Jasper Frazier somebody shot those children in the face. Until we find that out God is the only one who knows," said Jerry Hunt, Gina Hunt's father.

Prosecutors say Davis and three other men broke into the Hovey Street home in January 2010 to steal drugs and money. That's when gunfire claimed the lives of Gina Hunt, her infant son Jordan, Andrea Yarrell and her four-month-old daughter Charlii. Both women were 24 years old.

Davis pleaded guilty to avoid the possibility of the death penalty. But as Superior Court Judge Mark Stoner read the murder charges, Davis spoke out, saying he did not pull the trigger.

Deputies had to calm family members of the four victims during the hearing after a couple of outbursts in court toward Davis, who was sitting with his defense attorneys.

After a recess, the court reconvened for Davis' guilty plea.

"Regardless of what this defendant did inside the courtroom, his antics, he pleaded guilty to four counts of murder," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Although Ronald Davis insisted he did not pull the trigger during the murders, the judge explained being there is no different when it comes to pleading guilty and sentencing.

"In consultation with the family, the evidence and the testimony that we do have this is the best resolution," said Brizzi.

Davis pleaded guilty to four counts of felony murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The resolution now leaves Ronald Davis waiting to learn his punishment for his role in the Hovey Street murders.

Davis could get a minimum of 45 years and a maximum of 280 if the plea agreement works out.