Family of slain pizza delivery driver sees suspect for first time

Shawn Wilson. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Not guilty.  That’s the plea entered Tuesday morning for a man accused of gunning down an Indianapolis pizza delivery driver late in January.

It was the first opportunity to get a look at the man accused of killing Daniel Jaffke.  As Jaffke’s father and sister told 24-Hour News 8, it is tough to see Daniel’s alleged killer in court.

“I’m nervous.  I’m not sure I want to see this person. But I do,” said Dianna Line, Jaffke’s older sister standing outside a Marion County courtroom.

Shawn Wilson, 27, charged with murder, robbery and two counts of carrying a firearm without a license, made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

“I can’t thank the police enough right now, just want to see this all over,” Line said.

On the night of Jan. 31, Daniel Jaffke was shot and killed while delivering a pizza at a Southside Indianapolis apartment complex.  His body was found in the parking lot outside the building at 4100 Continental Court.  His missing SUV was found the next day.

“I worry about my mom.  I can’t imagine the pain she’s going through. I mean we all feel pain, but my mom and dad; it’s hard to watch, it’s hard to see it,” Line said.

Jaffke’s dad Tom,  credits his sisters with giving them the support that keeps them going.

“I don’t know how Donna and I would have done it without these five girls to carry us,” Tom said.

Also supporting the family, are Jaffke”s friends.  He was a local musician and band member who was well respected, and well liked by those who knew him.

“It’s amazing the friends, the friends and family that have come together because of this tragedy is amazing,” Line said.

A tragedy that will play out in a Marion County courtroom as the family watches.

“I’m proud of all of em.,” Tom said as he hugged Dianna.

Line answered, saying, “we’re proud of you. ”

A public defender was appointed for Wilson.  His next court appearance is a pretrial hearing scheduled for March 27. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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