Teen accused in deadly crime spree pleads not guilty

Sirquain Burr, 17, charged as adult

INDIANAPOLIS - A 17-year-old accused of going on a murderous robbing spree pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning.

Sirquain Burr, 17, was charged Tuesday with murder, attempted murder, robbery, attempted robbery, auto theft and carrying a handgun without a license related to a Feb. 13 crime spree that left one man dead and another injured.

Burr's youth minister tried to make sense out of the senseless.

"It starts with something small like how can I make a little money. It just spirals," said Kevin Andrews, of Carmel United Methodist Church. "You make one bad decision after another, after another. At some point during that sequence of events he felt  like pulling a trigger and taking someone's life was the only next step."

Currently, Burr's accused 15-year-old accomplice is in juvenile custody, but prosecutors want his case waived to adult court too. The 15-year-old will have his initial hearing in juvenile court Thursday. Any adult waiver hearing will be set sometime in the future.

Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said the seriousness of the charges and the teen's juvenile criminal history support a move to adult court.

Burr's mother, who spoke extensively with media Tuesday, did not want to make any comments Wednesday. 

Pastor Andrews said he is deeply disappointed in Burr, but will not abandon him.

"Justice and love aren't mutually exclusive," Andrews said. "I want justice for Sirquain and these families, but that doesn't mean I can put my care and concern for him on the shelf."

 

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