Quadruple homicide suspects appear in court

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There were very tense moments inside of a Marion County courtroom Tuesday morning.

Family members and friends of the victims in a quadruple murder sat side by side with friends and family of the suspects. The hearings for the four suspects lasted less than 20 minutes.

24-Hour News 8 cameras were there as police escorted the four suspects back to the Marion County Jail.

Samantha Bradley (left), Kenneth Rackemann (left center), Valencia Williams (right center), Anthony Larussa (right) (WISH Photo)
Samantha Bradley (left), Kenneth Rackemann (left center), Valencia Williams (right center), Anthony Larussa (right) (WISH Photo)

As deputies escorted suspect Kenneth Rackemann to jail, the 24-year-old claimed he was innocent and at a local restaurant when the murders happened.

Suspects Samantha Bradley and Anthony Larussa said nothing and both kept their heads down as they were led away.

The fourth suspect, Valencia Williams, did not say a word but appeared to be searching the crowd for someone.

“She has a clean record and she is a good child,” said a family member who did not want to be identified.

Williams’ attorney, Carl Epstein, says he is trying to understand what role his client may or may not of played.

“I don’t know what we are saying right now,” Carl Epstein said.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office sealed the probable cause affidavit in the investigation. Typically, court documents are sealed if the investigation is still ongoing, so detectives can continue to gather information. Sometimes a seal is used so detectives do not tip off additional suspects.

As far as what charges may come down, Epstein says he’s waiting for court filings.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to her (his client, Williams) I haven’t had the discovery disclosed because everything is under a seal,” Epstein said.

The probable cause is expected to become available to the public after the four suspects appear for an initial hearing on Friday afternoon.


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