- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One of four defendants charged in a drug-related quadruple homicide in a crime that has come to symbolize a year of violence in Indianapolis has agreed to a plea deal under which she’ll testify against the others, a prosecutor said.

Samantha Bradley, 20, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Thursday in which she admitted helping to plan the Feb. 20 robbery that led to the slayings on the city’s south side, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry told The Indianapolis Star for a story published Sunday (https://indy.st/1A5cTKc ).

Bradley also admitted to helping transport the three other suspects from the scene and disposing of evidence, Curry said. She faces a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison under the deal.

As a condition for dropping other charges against her, Curry said, Bradley will testify against the alleged primary shooter, 24-year-old Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann, and co-defendants Anthony LaRussa, 26, and Valencia Williams, 21. Prosecutors agreed to drop four counts of felony murder and one count of robbery against Bradley.

Curry is seeking the death penalty against Rackemann.

According to court documents, Rackemann had worked security for drug dealer Walter Burnell, 47, and was searching for a safe inside the home shared by Burrell and Jacob Rodemich, 43, when he started shooting those inside, prosecutors have said. Rackemann fatally shot the two men and Kristy Mae Sanchez, 22, and wounded Hayley Navarra, 21, before he ran out of bullets, they said.

Rackemann then allegedly called in Williams, who was sitting in a car outside, to kill the fourth victim, a probable cause affidavit said. Williams killed Navarra as she begged for her life, according to the affidavit.

Curry said he expects the case to go to trial before the end of the year, but Rackemann’s case could be delayed if a judge grants Curry’s request to seek the death penalty

The slayings were among eight homicides in Indianapolis during a 24-hour period.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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