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Man convicted of 2020 murder on Indy's northeast side

A jury found Maurice Lillie guilty of murdering Dustin McClennon after a two-day trial.
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Maurice Lillie

INDIANAPOLIS — A jury convicted Maurice Lillie of the 2020 murder of Dustin McClennon, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Thursday.

The verdict came down Tuesday after a two-day trial.

The killing happened May 26, 2020. Police were called to a gas station near 38th and Rural streets. When they got there, McClennon was already dead. The Marion County Coroner's Office ruled his cause of death as stabbing and blunt force trauma.

According to an eyewitness, Lillie had approached McClennon at a gas pump, saying he believed McClennon had disrespected his wife and he was "going to take care of it."

The witness then saw Lillie hit McClennon multiple times in the head and back with a golf club before dragging his body behind the gas station.

Later, Lillie asked the witness, "Do you want to help hide a dead body?"

Investigators found a bent golf club in a dumpster behind the gas station, in addition to multiple knives in the trunk of a car — believed to be Lillie's — that was left at the scene.

In an interview with police, Lillie admitted to being at the gas station, getting a golf club from the trunk of his car, dragging McClennon's body behind the gas station and removing a knife from McClennon's neck.

"There is no place in our community for such insensible actions," Mears said in a news release. "This is yet another example of the community, investigators, and our trial team working together to obtain justice on behalf of Mr. McClennon and his family."

Lillie's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 15.

    

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