INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a delivery driver who was shot and killed on the east side of Indianapolis last week.
Family and friends said Mark Miller, 27, will be laid to rest Tuesday afternoon at a private service.
Two people are now charged in connection to the crime, including a teenage girl. Peter Hutchings Jr., 25, and his girlfriend, Terri Williams, 17, are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Prosecutors believe they had something else in mind when placing that call for delivery at China King in the 8900 block of East 38th Street.
“Mark’s gone,” said William Schlosser, victim’s friend. “I don’t know if it ever would feel the same because Mark is gone. We don’t have Mark anymore.”
Investigators said Miller made that delivery to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Windsong Drive. Police arrived to the scene and found Miller dead in his pickup truck, stuck in reverse and partially inside an empty apartment.
Miller’s friend told 24-Hour News 8 by phone he is disturbed by the details and recent crimes happening across Indianapolis.
“What’s going on with the city right now is just ridiculous. There is no reason for all the violence, and the murders, and the shootings,” said Schlosser.
According to court documents, Williams told detectives she did not have any knowledge of the robbery prior to calling in the order and that multiple people were involved in the incident.
“Ms. Williams stated she saw the delivery driver pull up in front of the apartment building. He opened his door to get out, but then closed it as if he noticed something was wrong,” said a detective in the probable cause. “After the delivery driver was there for approximately 10 minutes she saw Hutchings approach the truck and demand the driver’s money. Ms. Williams stated she observed Hutchings walk behind the delivery driver’s truck, saw the truck back up and then heard “Pow!”
She stated she wasn’t made aware of the plan until they all went back to Hutchings apartment.
“Ms. Williams stated Hutchings stated the reason he fired the shot was because he was being dragged by the truck as it was trying to leave. Ms. Williams stated Hutchings only fired one shot because his gun jammed,” according to the probable cause.
Detectives questioned Hutchings and he denied sustaining any injuries from being hit or dragged by the truck.
“When asked if he was close enough to the truck that it could have hit him, he stated yes. He stated the truck did not hit him, but he was close enough that it could have if he wasn’t ‘on point,’ according to the probable cause.
Williams said Hutchings wore a “Michael Myers” Halloween mask during the incident and police found one at the crime scene.
Detectives connected Williams and Hutchings to the crime using phone records. They recovered the gun after finding it inside of Hutchings’ apartment.
In the meantime, friends are organizing a benefit concert for Miller at 5th Quarter Lounge on Jan. 9. Organizers said many bands will be performing. They are hoping to raise enough money for Miller’s family, so they can give Miller a proper headstone.
Click here for more information about the tribute.