Jailhouse phone calls reveal alleged hitman’s murder spree

John Means (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested 21-year-old John Means for the murder of four men in the span of four days. Investigators believe Means killed the men for $3 to 12,000 in cash.

Investigators discovered jailhouse phone conversations to help solidify the charges against Means. On January 28, prosecutors accused Means of shooting and killing Tyrece Dorsey, 23, and William Davis, 25, outside of a Citgo gas station in the 1800 block of North Rural.

Four days later, police say Means struck again. That time, he’s accused of shooting and killing Carlos Jefferson Jr., 22, and Julius Douglas, 23, in the 3400 block of North Hovey Street. Police arrested Means an hour after the shooting after he tried to run from police during a traffic violation.

During Means time in the Marion County Jail, he allegedly bragged about the shooting. Investigators also recorded phone conversations between Means and others. In those discussions, Means speaks in code like substituting the word “double murder” for “double cheeseburger.” Detectives go on to say Means and others talked about the news coverage the shootings had received.

Prosecutors believe a hit had been placed on Dorsey because of his friendship with another man who couldn’t be found. Investigators believe Davis was targeted because he was simply with Dorsey when the shooting happened outside of the gas station the night of the shooting.

In the Hovey Street murder, detectives have evidence Douglas was targeted over a dispute, and that Jefferson became a victim because he was on the scene when Means started shooting.

As of Monday, Means is in the Miami County Jail for another charge. He is expected to face an initial hearing in Marion County for the murder charges on Friday.

IMPD has not ruled out possible charges against others in this investigation.

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