HOVEY STREET MURDER UPDATES: INDY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MURDER OF 4 IN HOVEY STREET CASE

There has been a plea of guilty from one of the men charged in murdering two mothers and their babies. Ronald L. Davis had pled guilty to robbery, but, denied he shot the four victims.

Here is an recap on the case known as the Hovey Street Murders: on Jan. 14, 2008, two Indianapolis mothers and their young children were shot to death  as they cowered behind a bed at 3283 Hovey Street.

Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell, both 24 when they were killed, had been close friends since grade school. Both had young children. Hunt had three children, including 23-month-old Jordan. Yarrell’s daughter, Charlii, was four months old. The two children were fatally shot also as their mothers tried to protect them.

Davis has pled guilty and will turn state’s evidence against the other men who were with him that day, and he has been able to avoid the death penalty; but, as it stands, he can still receive 280 years in prison since he was at the house during the time of the brutal murders, and that makes him an accessory after the fact. and under Indiana state law he will face the penalties that are meted out by that state’s statutes.

As the verdicts on this case come in, I will post them.

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Man Gets 70-Year Sentence in Killings of 2 Women, 2 Children

POSTED: 12:05 pm EST December 20, 2010
UPDATED: 4:24 pm EST December 20, 2010

 

INDIANAPOLIS — The fifth and final person charged in the killings of two women and two children in an Indianapolis home was sentenced Monday to 70 years in prison.

Jasper Frazier, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license. 

Frazier suffers from schizophrenia and was previously convicted of seven prior felonies, but he provided the information that allowed police to solve the case. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi agreed not to charge him with murder in exchange for his testimony. 

“Without Jasper Frazier coming forward, the case might never have been brought, not when it was anyway,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson. 

Andrea Yarrell and Gina Hunt, both 24, and their children, Charlii Yarrell, 5 months, and Jordan Hunt, 23 months, were killed Jan. 14, 2008, on Hovey Street. 

The triggerman, Ronald Davis, 33, was previously sentenced to 245 years in prison. Frazier said Davis became angry when he was told there was no marijuana in the home that the suspects planned to rob. 

“Ronald Davis snapped and shot the baby in the face,” Frazier testified. “I did not shoot or participate in any shooting.” 

Family members reacted to the testimony. 

“That’s a hard answer, to know your loved one was holding her baby in her arms and somebody could be so heartless as to shoot them like that,” said Rhonda Stewart, Gina Hunt’s aunt. 

Zarumin Coleman, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. 

Donte Hobson, 32, also took a plea deal and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. 

Tommy Warren, 27, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and two years in community corrections. He also has two years probation from a previous burglary case. 

The sentences aren’t enough for families that are still grieving. 

“We are going to continue to miss them and hurt and be deprived of joy and more memories that could be made,” said Lisa Yarrell, Andrea’s cousin. “They got what they got, and we just have to be grateful for that.” 

Security was extremely tight for Frazier’s sentencing. Attendees were searched for weapons before entering the courtroom, and extra deputies were assigned to the court, 6News’ Derrik Thomasreported. 

The judge recommended that Frazier serve his sentence out of state so his co-defendants can’t seek revenge against him. Frazier said he will appeal the sentence. 

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Men Sentenced to 60, 35 Years in Hovey Street Killings

POSTED: 12:50 pm EST December 17, 2010
UPDATED: 5:46 pm EST December 17, 2010

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Two of the five men charged in connection with the 2008 killings of two women and two children were sentenced Friday.

Zarumin Coleman, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. 

Donte Hobson, 32, also took a plea and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. 

The men helped plan a robbery, along with Ronald Davis, 33; Jasper Frazier, 39; and Tommy Warren, 27, at a house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street in 2008, seeking marijuana and money that wasn’t there. 

Andrea Yarrell and Gina Hunt, both 24, and their children, Charlii Yarrell, 5 months, and Jordan Hunt, 23 months, were killed. 

Hobson’s fingerprints were found on one of the guns that was recovered after the slayings, but police said he did not go inside the house or fire the weapon. 

Coleman drove the getaway car and picked up the gun used in the slayings, police said. 

In court he apologized for his role in the crime, but he told 6News’ Derrik Thomasthat 60 years was more than he deserved. 

“I should have gotten 20 years … because I didn’t kill no kids. I didn’t kill nobody,” he said. “I didn’t know nobody was going to get killed.” 

Davis, who prosecutors claimed was one of two shooters, was sentenced to 245 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement reached with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the death penalty was not an option. 

Warren was sentenced to 10 years in prison and two years in community corrections. He also has two years probation from a previous burglary case. 

Frazier, the other suspected gunman, has also accepted a plea deal. His sentencing is set for Monday. 

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Man gets 12 years in Hovey St. murders

Updated: Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010, 3:56 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010, 9:17 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One of five suspects connected to the January 2008 Hovey Street murders will serve 10 years behind bars, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Tommy C. Warren pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class B felony. A judge sentenced him Wednesday to 12 years, of which he’ll spend two on work release.

Ronald Davis was sentenced on Nov. 10 to 245 years for admitting to murdering the two women and their babies on .Hovey Street in early 2008. Davis had pleaded guilty in September to four counts of murder.

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Davis Sentenced to 245 Years in Hovey Street Murders

Updated:Nov 11, 2010 7:53 AM CST

 
 

 

 

Indianapolis, Indiana -Indianapolis – An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to the murders of two women and their children was sentenced to 245 years in prison.The guilty plea agreement saved Ronald Davis from facing the death penalty. He could have received up to 280 years in prison.

Davis is convicted in the murders of Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell along with their children. The victims were shot to death in their home on Hovey Street in 2008.

Davis pleaded guilty to the charges but says he did not pull the trigger.

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Indy man pleads guilty in murder of 4 in Hovey Street case

1:03 PM, Sep 17, 2010  |  
Written by
Bill McCleery
Stuffed animals sit outside the Hovey Street home where four people were killed Jan. 15, 2008. / 2008 Star file photo
In custody: Ronald Davis, 30, is shown Jan. 23, 2008, walking to a court hearing inside the Indianapolis City-County Building. / 2008 Star file photo
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An Indianapolis man today pleaded guilty to the murder of four people in the Hovey Street slayings in January of 2008.

Though adamantly denying he was the shooter, Ronald L. Davis, 33, admitted he was at the house attempting to rob it when two mothers and two children were shot to death – which is all that is needed under Indiana law for a conviction of felony murder.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Davis.
Gina Hunt, 24; her son Jordan Hunt, 23 months; Andrea Yarrell, 24; and her daughter, Charlii Daye-Yarrell, 5 months, were killed in a bedroom of a home in the 3200 block of Hovey Street on Jan. 14, 2008.

Davis could be sentenced Oct. 14 to up to 280 years in prison.

Earlier, one relative of the victims said he was relieved to hear the case might be coming to an end.

“I’m glad justice is finally getting ready to be served,” said Lesley Yarrell, 49. “I can’t get my daughter and granddaughter back, but I will be there when he goes to court and gets his time because I have things to say to him.”

Prosecutors have described the killings as a botched robbery. Davis and co-defendant Jasper Frazier were accused of breaking into the house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street, seeking marijuana and money, while two other men waited in an sport utility vehicle.

Frazier, who has a history of mental health problems, is a key prosecution witness who says he watched Davis gun down the victims.

Davis claims he was not the shooter. Prosecutors have acknowledged that no physical or forensic evidence directly implicates Davis.

Vic Ryckaert and Jon Murray contributed to this story.
Call Star reporter Bill McCleery at (317) 444-6083

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The following are more updates on the case. As the rest of the accused men go to trial, I will post more recent updates on this case.

 

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    … young children were shot to death by as they cowered behind a bed at 3283 Hovey Street. Gina Hunt and Andrea Yarrell, both 24 when they were killed, had been …
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  • Indy man pleads guilty in murder of 4 in Hovey Street case

    Sep 17, 2010 |  By Bill McCleery bill.mccleery@indystar.com … An Indianapolis man today pleaded guilty to the murder of four people in the Hovey Street slayings in January of 2008. Though adamantly denying he was the shooter, Ronald L …

  • Suspect may plead guilty today in Hovey Street killings

    Sep 17, 2010 |  By Vic Ryckaert and Jon Murray vic.ryckaert@indystar.com … The man accused of the Hovey Street slayings of two mothers and two children is expected to avoid the death penalty by …

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    Sep 18, 2010 |  By Bill McCleery bill.mccleery@indystar.com … The certainty of a conviction in the Hovey Street slayings was more important than seeking the death penalty for Ronald L. Davis, said Marion …

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  • Judge denies request to delay murder trial

    Aug 31, 2010 |  … judge on Monday rejected a defense request to delay an Indianapolis man’s capital murder trial until early next year in the Hovey Street slayings. Ronald L. Davis, 33 …

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    Aug 17, 2010 |  By John Tuohy john.tuohy@indystar.com … charges related to the shootings: >> Damion Martin, 30, was preliminary charged with conspiracy to commit murder. >> Antwan Williams, 21, was preliminary charged attempt murder and aggravated battery. >> Devin Staten, 27 …

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7 responses to “HOVEY STREET MURDER UPDATES: INDY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MURDER OF 4 IN HOVEY STREET CASE

  1. Shavon

    These men have got to been really high or on some kind of drug to be killing innocent people and my gosh you Men are cruial how can you kill babies that barley did for themselves and two beautiful innocent Ladies if u didnt have sympathy for them babies and there mom you have no sympathy for noone i think u should rotten in hell forget jail Yall Are Sickening God Bless TheFamilies of the innocent lives that has been took from them!!!

  2. Tierra

    Me Just Finding Out Brought Tears To My Eyes As Young As Them Kids And Their Mother’s Were Why Would They Ever Take Their Lives Like That Im Just Sitting Here Thinking About It Them. The Four Dirty Ugly Selfish Ass People That Killed Andrea And Charlii Yarrell And Gina And Jordan Hunt Need To ROT In Prison. Little Old Charlii And Jordan Didnt Even Get An Experience Of Life Yet Im Holding The Two Loving Family’s And The Memory Of Gina & Jordan and Andrea & Charlii Yarrell In My Prayers ( REST IN PARADISE ” Gina & Jordan Hunt AND Andrea & Charlii Yarrell ” :)))))

  3. sonny

    once they found no drugs and no money they should of left it was no reason to kill them especially the kids.i cant stand people who rob ….get your own money the young women must of been doin better then them if they running in their home…smh so sad ……i feel sorry for the family and fathers of those babies.as a young mother i would like to say we need to stay and keep are kids away from dat life….

  4. mercedes parrish

    My heart goes out the familys of these beautiful people n the people who did this was just cruel n had a heart and it’s just a sad moment to me just knowing someone can be so heartless

  5. Nicole

    My heart goes out to their families in their time of need may god bless you
    I lost my son 4 years ago and my grandmother almost 2 months ago so I kno wat u are going through even though they wern’t murder it still death I went through so my blessing go out to their families for their lost

  6. Michelle

    Each one should have received the Death Penalty. Why didn’t I hear about this on my local news stations? I have never heard of something so horrific in all of my life. I hope each is tortured and viciously killed in prison. Damn the day these bastards were born.

  7. Laura

    this is odd… how can prosecutors acknowledge no physical or forensics evidence and yet still give a man over 200 yrs?? I mean don’t that sound odd?? you mean to tell me he covered up well? I don’t think that man did it. he should’ve been sentenced the same as Warren. and as for the real of the 2 in that house, should be ashamed. seems like somebody is lying to deduct their own time.

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