Suspects in pizza delivery slaying plead not guilty to murder charges

Roberts, Romano accused in John Sullivan's death

INDIANAPOLIS - Two men suspected in the shooting death of a Indianapolis pizza delivery driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges.

Police suspect Jeremiah Roberts, 26, and Derek Romano, 21, robbed, shot and killed 49-year-old John Sullivan last month. Sullivan's body was found on January 19 in the basement of a residence on the 1800 block of South Belmont Avenue.

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said Roberts and Romano are accused of stealing Sullvan's 2007 Pontiac G6 . They tracked them by monitoring their cellphone signals, and they were captured, in Buffalo, Wyo.

"We believe robbery to be the motive. They wanted to go out west. They needed transportation and money to go there. This was a target of opportunity. Obviously, we don't know how much money the victim had on him, but they certainly had the ability to get money so we had that belief," Robinson said.

Investigators said the pair's probable motivation for driving west was because Romano used to live in Helena, Mont.

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