Teens accused in deadly crime spree across Indianapolis still await charges

Prosecutors ask for time to evaluate

INDIANAPOLIS - The 15-year-old suspect in a violent crime spree appeared in court Friday afternoon for a hearing.

Prosecutors in the juvenile division have yet to file any criminal charges against the teen and his suspected 17-year-old accomplice.

Prosecutors petitioned the judge to hold the 15-year-old in custody until next Thursday, when they will evaluate where this case is headed.

James Edwards Sr., the 15-year-old's father, said his son knew better, while admitting that the streets had claimed his boy.

"He knew what he done was wrong. I just want the family to forgive us and forgive him," Edwards said. "We're very sorry this happened. If there's any way we can turn the book back, we would."

Early Wednesday morning, the 15- and 17-year-old suspects reportedly embarked on a violent crime spree, robbing, shooting and killing their way across the city.

Only minutes before police say they shot and killed 38-year-old John Yingling in the driveway of his Southport home, they accosted Kenneth Winslow at gunpoint a few blocks away.

"And I said, 'Let's get it on. Let's get it on,'" Winslow said. "I wanted to have hand-to-hand combat."

Miraculously, the armed suspects retreated, leaving Winslow unharmed.

Police said after the teens fled from Winslow, they fatally shot Yingling, then shot and wounded Rex Souter before leading police on a high-speed chase ending in a violent crash .

Both suspects, police say, have lengthy histories in the juvenile system .

Judge Marilyn Moores said it's impossible to determine which 8 percent of all juveniles who enter the system will become repeat violent offenders.

"Do we want as a society to throw these kids away? If we lock up every kid that comes to this court, we're going to take a lot of good kids and turn them bad," Moores said.

The 15-year-old's co-defendant is out of the hospital and now in the Marion County Jail.

While formal charges against both are still pending, the 17-year-old will most likely faces charges as an adult.

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