Family hopes for death penalty after woman raped, killed

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The family of a 21-year old woman who was raped and fatally shot in March on Linwood Avenue says they hope the man who was arrested for the crime receives the death penalty.

Shannon Kleeman’s family first spoke with 24-Hour News 8 back in April, hoping for answers.

Police arrested 52-year-old Morice Ervin on Wednesday. On Thursday evening, Kleeman’s brother, Joshua Combs, sat down with 24-Hour News 8 to talk about the arrest.

“It was exactly what we wanted to hear, exactly what we’d been waiting for, but at the same time, it was like the first day all over again. Everything was brought right back to the surface,” said Combs.

Police say Ervin is a neighbor of Kleeman’s stepmother. Family says Kleeman had gone over to check on her stepmother’s dogs that day.

Kleeman’s sister found her shot to death in the basement after she didn’t come home later that day.

“This was somebody that Shannon trusted, she knew him, and had seen him. He’d been to the house. For him to take that trust and do what he did to her, it’s unforgivable,” said Combs.

Combs says his sister was a happy girl, always smiling. She loved animals and was the most innocent person.

The family says she had a mild mental disorder, with the emotions of a young teenage girl.

Combs says the family is now pleading to the prosecutor.

“Please seek the death penalty in this case. This was premeditated murder. He raped my baby sister. We would really want a death sentence sought in this case,” Combs said.

Above all, Combs says he’s thankful to detectives for getting the man they say murdered his sister off the street.

“Thank you to IMPD, homicide division,” he said. “They prioritized Shannon’s case; we are so thankful for that.”

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