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Jury finds 3 guilty for murder of 'Mr. Indianapolis' Chris Beaty

Police believe the Cathedral HS graduate and former IU football player was trying to help someone from being robbed when he was shot and killed on May 30, 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — After almost nine hours of deliberations, the jury found three people guilty of murder of a man friends called "Mr. Indianapolis."

Early Friday morning, the jury reached guilty verdicts for Marcus Anderson, Alijah Jones and Nakeyah Shields. The jury also found all three guilty of multiple armed robbery charges.

Below is a breakdown of the convictions:

  • Anderson: Two counts of murder and eight counts of armed robbery
  • Jones: One count of murder and eight counts of armed robbery
  • Shields: One count of murder and seven counts of armed robbery

Chris Beaty, 38, was shot and killed outside his downtown apartment in May 2020.

Anderson, Jones and Shields' sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Police believe Beaty, a Cathedral High School graduate and former Indiana University football player, was trying to help someone from being robbed when he was shot and killed on May 30, 2020. It all happened during the protests and subsequent riots in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The doctor who performed the autopsy testified Tuesday that Beaty was shot four times, at least three times from behind, including a shot in the back of the neck.  

Four people testified that they were also victims of robberies in a short period of time that night in the area where Beaty was shot and killed.

One woman said she was beaten by a group of people. Her phone and backpack were stolen. 

Another woman and man said they were robbed right outside of Beaty's apartment building by a group of men armed with two guns.

Another man said he just gotten in his car at Vermont and Talbott streets when two men tried to rob him at gunpoint. His car was shot at as he took off in reverse and escaped.

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears shared the following statement following the verdicts: 

"Today we are thankful for this verdict and grateful to the Beaty family for the dignity, grace, and patience they have continuously displayed throughout this difficult process. Chris tragically lost his life while caring for others and his city. His death was felt by many throughout Indianapolis, Bloomington, and beyond.

In a time of unrest and doubt, his legacy inspired many to live each day to the fullest, look out for others, and to do the right thing. A legacy that is just as relevant as it was three years ago — may we all continue to 'Live like Chris' and make our community a better place."

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