Charges announced in quadruple homicide

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Charges were announced on Friday in the Feb. 20 quadruple homicide on South Parker Avenue.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced charges against four people in connection with murders of Walter Burnell, Jacob Rodemich, Kristy Sanchez, and Hayley Navarro.

Walter Burnell (left), Hayley Navarra (left center), Jacob Rodemich (right center), Kristy Mae Sanchez (right) (Provided photos/IMPD)
Victims: Walter Burnell (left), Hayley Navarra (left center), Jacob Rodemich (right center), Kristy Mae Sanchez (right) (Provided photos/IMPD)

According to court documents, the four defendants are believed to have conspired to rob Walter Burnell. During the robbery, the victims were killed.

Below is the list of charges and the individuals charged:

Kenneth Rackemann was charged with four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, robbery, a Class A felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class A felony.

Anthony LaRussa was charged with four counts of felony murder, robbery, Class A felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class A felony.

Valencia Williams was charged with one count of murder, four counts of felony murder, robbery, a Class A felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class A felony.

Samantha Bradley was charged with four counts of felony murder, robbery, a Class A felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class A felony.

An initial hearing on the case was held Friday afternoon.

During the hearing Rackemann had several outbursts. Shortly after, deputies escorted Rackemann out of the courtroom and a judge suspended his preliminary hearing for a later date.

“I think you all picked the first person you could put it on because he has a criminal record,” said Tia Brasfield, Rackemann’s girlfriend.

Carl Epsteins, Valencia Williams’ attorney, believes his client is only guilty of associating with the wrong crowd.

“I think there is a reason of doubt to what the defense has alleged. I don’t buy it,” said Epstein.

Williams will have a bond review hearing on April 25. Bradley, LaRussia and Rackemann have no bond.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an eye witnesses to the shooting told police how it all unfolded. Prosecutors don’t think the witness had anything to do with the murders.

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