5th Man Expected To Be Charged In Hovey Street Slayings
Suspects In Court Wednesday
5:46 AM, Jan 23, 2008
Security was tight as five men accused in the shooting deaths of two women and two children had court appearances Wednesday morning as prosecutors sought to delay filing formal charges in the case.One of the five, Tommy Warren, 24, had not been preliminarily charged in the case and is being held on unrelated robbery charges, but prosecutors indicated they plan to charge him and the other four in connection with the Hovey Street slayings.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said his office will file charges Thursday against Warren, Ronald Davis and Donte Hobson, both 30, Jasper Frazier, 36, and Zarumin Coleman, 21.The five men began assigning blame to each other as they spoke with reporters while on their way into court Wednesday. Davis told reporters that Frazier fired the shots that killed Gina Hunt, 24, Andrea Yarrell, 24, and their children, 4-month-old Charlii Yarrell and 23-month-old Jordan Hunt."Jasper Frazier killed them people, not me," Davis said as he was led into court."I wasn't the shooter. I know that," Hobson said.Frazier has told police that Davis shot the women and children, according to a probable cause affidavit.Davis faces four preliminary counts of murder. In addition, Davis and Hobson were being held on four preliminary counts of felony murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, Indianapolis police said Tuesday. Police on Saturday had said Hobson also faced other charges.Frazier was arrested on charges of attempting to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, and Coleman was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and assisting a criminal.During Wednesday's hearings at which a judge granted prosecutors more time to file charges, anyone who entered the courtroom -- which was filled with relatives and friends of the four victims -- had to go through a metal detector.Elizabeth Duncan, mother of Gina Hunt, had to be restrained and comforted as the men were led into court, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.Duncan said she was conflicted about whether the suspects should face the death penalty.
"I've always been against it. Now that this has happened to me, I'm confused," Duncan said. "I'm on the fence about it, but at the same time, I don't choose for them to die behind this. I don't know why, but I don't. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want nobody else to go through what I've been through."Brizzi said he will decide whether the death penalty will be sought in the case."You'll have more information tomorrow, but it is a very real possibility," Brizzi said, adding that he had consulted with the victims' family members.Details of the crime were released in a probable cause affidavit Tuesday, a little more than a week after the killings at a home in the 3200 block of Hovey Street.A drug robbery plot led to the Jan. 14 shooting deaths, according to the affidavit filed by police and prosecutors.The suspects allegedly targeted the house where the killings occurred in part because they knew only women would be there, said the affidavit signed by Indianapolis police Detective Thomas Lehn.Police said Warren knew the women and took part in planning the robbery, but wasn't there when the shootings happened.The victims were shot multiple times in the face and torso while inside the home they shared. The children were being held in their mothers' arms during the shootings, police said.According to the probable cause affidavit, Davis, Coleman, Hobson and Frazier decided to rob the house because they believed marijuana and cash would be there. Someone told police that Coleman had heard that the house was supposed to have hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and that "Coleman made statements to the effect that he would kill everyone in the house if they did not cooperate," according to the affidavit.Davis and Frazier allegedly entered the house with guns while Coleman and Hobson waited outside, and found the women and children hiding behind a bed, according to the affidavit. Warren was not with the other men, according to the document.
Killed in a house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street were (from left to right, starting at top): Gina Hunt, 24; Hunt's son, Jordan Hunt, 23 months; Andrea Yarrell, 24; and Yarrell's 4-month-old daughter, Charlii.
Frazier told police that Davis demanded money and marijuana, and the women told him there was none there and began pleading with Davis not to shoot them and their children. Frazier said Davis then shot them, according to the affidavit.Davis, however, told police that Frazier shot the women and children, the affidavit said.Police have said they found several weapons and one pound of what is believed to be marijuana inside the house, located about five blocks south of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.Prosecutors have limited their public comments, saying they want to avoid tainting jury pools with pretrial publicity.