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Police: Suspect in Indianapolis home invasion surrounded


By CLIFF BRUNT
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Published June 2, 2006, 7:22 PM CDT

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dozens of police officers surrounded a house Friday evening where they believed the main suspect in the slaying of seven family members the night before was hiding.

Investigators believed the 28-year-old ex-convict was inside the house just blocks away from the home where the killings happened, police Maj. Lloyd Crowe said.

Police were trying to persuade him to surrender before taking any additional action, Crowe said. Officers have arrested a man Crowe described as a secondary suspect.

The seven victims, described as well-liked and good neighbors, were found dead late Thursday in the worst mass murder in Indianapolis in 25 years. The crime rocked their working-class neighborhood just east of downtown.

The bodies of three boys, ages 5 to 11, were found on a bed, and four adult relatives were discovered elsewhere in the house.

Police said the attackers -- a witness reported seeing three or four men run out the back of the house -- were armed with assault rifles.

Police said the main suspect grew up in the area and had returned last fall after getting out of prison on drug and weapons charges.

``It appears that it was a home robbery. He'd gone there to rob the home and decided while he was there to execute everybody at the same time, unfortunately,'' police Sgt. Matthew Mount said.

Killed were Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; their sons Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 8 or 9; Valzez's daughter, Flora Albarran, 22; Albarran's 5-year-old son, Luis; and Albarran's brother Magno Albarran, 29.

A funeral Mass for six of the seven family members is planned for the city's Roman Catholic cathedral on Wednesday.

The Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Funeral plans for Alberto Covarrubias were not immediately completed on Friday, according to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center.

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Default Main suspect in Indianapolis murders eludes police; SWAT raid fails

Main suspect in Indianapolis murders eludes police; SWAT raid fails
Second man is arrested



Desmond Turner (above photo) is still at large!

From Indianapolis Star and AP Dispatches


INDIANAPOLIS -- Police officers fired tear gas into a house and then stormed it last night in their search for the main suspect in the slaying of seven members of an Indianapolis family.

But they apparently came away empty-handed.

Dozens of officers had surrounded the house, where a police spokesman said they believed 28-year-old ex-convict Desmond Turner was holed up.

After the SWAT team members entered the house shortly before 8 o'clock, they came back outside, packed up their gear and left.

While the search for Turner apparently continued, police Maj. Lloyd Crowe would give no details on the storming of the house, which is just blocks from Thursday night's shooting scene.

Police arrested another man, 30-year-old James Stewart, without incident after a traffic stop Friday afternoon in connection with the shootings.

Deputy Police Chief Tim Foley said both Stewart and Turner were believed to have fired shots at the victims.

The seven victims, described as well-liked and good neighbors, were found dead late Thursday in the worst mass murder in Indianapolis in 25 years.
The bodies of three boys were found on a bed, and four adult relatives were discovered elsewhere in the house.

The victims were identified as Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; their sons, Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 9; Valdez's daughter, Flora Albarran, 22; Albarran's 5-year-old son, Luis; and Albarran's brother, Magno Albarran, 29.

Police said the attackers -- a witness reported seeing three or four men run out the back of the house -- were armed with rifles.

Turner grew up in the area, police said, and had returned last fall after getting out of prison on drug and weapons charges.

"It appears that it was a home robbery," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matthew Mount said of Thursday night's attack. "He'd gone there to rob the home and decided while he was there to execute everybody at the same time."

Court records show that Turner has been convicted of auto theft, cocaine possession, resisting arrest, carrying a handgun without a license, criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm and intimidation.

He was released from prison and placed on parole on Nov. 20 after serving a six-year sentence for carrying a handgun without a license and being a habitual offender, said Java Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Department of Correction.

The murders stunned the neighborhood, which is on the city's east side.
"Right now we're kind of in shock," said the Rev. Carlton Beever, pastor of nearby St. Philip Neri Parish, where the family attended Mass each Sunday and the boys had made their first communion.

"You couldn't ask for better neighbors," said Frank Dodson, 49, who lives across the street from the slain family.

While some of the houses in the neighborhood are neat and well-kept, others are in decline. Some have boarded-up windows, and there are vacant lots strewn with litter and overgrown with weeds.

Residents have called police to report drug activity, prostitution, thefts and assaults.

"We have been complaining and complaining," said Sandy Washington, 65. "Our voices aren't heard."

On Thursday night, police said, Flora Albarran had just finished running errands for her new home when she returned to her mother's house to pick up her son, Luis.

When Albarran walked up to the house, a friend waiting in a car saw a light come on and heard Albarran scream: "Don't do that! My child!"

Albarran yelled to the friend not to come to the house, and the friend said she heard gunshots and more screaming, police said.

A man holding a gun stepped onto the porch, possibly to spot the friend, while the shootings continued. The friend, whose name was withheld by police for her protection, said she saw three or four men run from the back of the home.

Besides the house where the murders took place, Valdez and Covarrubias owned at least seven other properties, according to records. Mount said the couple's land holdings did not figure in the crime.

By yesterday afternoon, mourners had left flowers and an angel statue along a sidewalk in front of the house.

At St. Philip Neri, a parish largely of working-class whites and Hispanics, a regularly scheduled morning Mass was offered for the family.

The family has been in the parish for at least 10 years, Beever said.
"All seven were active," he said. "Everyone kind of knew them and liked them."

The two Covarrubias boys attended religious education classes at St. Philip, and the whole family came together to see them make their first communion a few weeks ago.

"It was a special event," Beever said.

A funeral Mass for six of the seven was scheduled for Indianapolis' Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral on Wednesday.

Funeral plans for Alberto Covarrubias had not been completed yesterday, according to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center.

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Five of the seven slain Indianapolis family members were, from left, Alberto Covarrubias, 11; the senior Alberto Covarrubias, 56; Luis Albarran, 5; Emma Valdez, 46; and David Covarrubias, 9.







Indianapolis police crime scene investigators removed two shotguns and a rifle from a home where seven people were killed Thursday night in a working-class neighborhood on Indianapolis' east side. (Matt Kryger/The Indianapolis Star)
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Main suspect in Indiana slayings surrenders
Police continued hunt for Turner after raid on house came up empty
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Updated: 7:07 p.m. CT June 3, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS - The prime suspect in the shooting deaths of seven people in Indianapolis has surrendered, police said Saturday.

Police officers fired tear gas into a house and broke down a door to enter Friday in their search for Desmond Turner, the main suspect in the slaying of seven family members, but came away empty-handed.

Dozens of officers surrounded the house, where a police spokesman said they believed 28-year-old ex-convict was inside.

After the SWAT team members entered the house, they came back outside, packed up their gear and left the scene.

Secondary suspect held

A man described as a secondary suspect was arrested earlier Friday.

The seven victims, described as well-liked and good neighbors, were found dead late Thursday in the worst mass murder in Indianapolis in 25 years. The crime rocked their working-class neighborhood just east of downtown.
The bodies of three boys, ages 5 to 11, were found on a bed, and four adult relatives were discovered elsewhere in the house.

Police said the attackers — a witness reported seeing three or four men run out the back of the house — were armed with assault rifles.
Police said Turner grew up in the area and had returned last fall after getting out of prison on drug and weapons charges.

"It appears that it was a home robbery. He'd gone there to rob the home and decided while he was there to execute everybody at the same time, unfortunately," police Sgt. Matthew Mount said.

Killed were Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; their sons Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 8 or 9; Valdez's daughter, Flora Albarran, 22; Albarran's 5-year-old son, Luis; and Albarran's brother Magno Albarran, 29.

More people sought

Police had said they were looking for at least three people other than Turner in the shootings, but gave no details about them.

"You couldn't ask for better neighbors," said Frank Dodson, 49, who lives across the street from the slain family. "God, I hate to see this happen."
He said he thought he saw Flora Albarran being pulled into the home about 10 p.m. Thursday. Police say she had just finished running errands for her new home when she returned to her mother's house to pick up her son. When Albarran walked up to the house, a female friend waiting in a car saw a light come on and heard Albarran scream, "Don't do that! My child!"

Albarran yelled to the friend not to come to the house, and the friend heard gunshots and more screaming, police said. A man holding a long gun stepped onto the porch, possibly to spot the friend, while the shootings continued. The friend, whose name was withheld by police for her protection, said she then saw the men run from the back of the home.

The neighborhood, about a mile east of downtown Indianapolis, is in decline. Some houses have boarded-up windows, and there are vacant lots strewn with litter and overgrown with weeds. Residents have called police to report drug activity, prostitution, thefts and assaults.

"We have been complaining and complaining," said Sandy Washington, 65. "Our voices aren't heard."

At nearby St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, a parish of generally working-class whites and Hispanics, a regularly scheduled Friday morning Mass was offered for the family.

The Rev. Carlton Beever, the church's pastor, said the family attended Mass each Sunday and David and Alberto Covarrubias had made their First Communion there a few weeks ago.

"All seven were active," Beever said. "Everyone kind of knew them and liked them."

The enormity of the killings might be unprecedented in the city's history. In August 1981, a laid-off autoworker, King Edward Bell, killed his estranged wife, four children and his mother-in-law. Bell, 31, was sentenced to six consecutive 40-year prison terms.

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I'm glad that they caught this guy. If he did do it (and there is much evidence that suggested that he did) then they ought get the death penalty. Killing seven people gets you that in my opinion.
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Judge Will Decide Desmond Turner's Fate

POSTED: 6:28 am EDT October 12, 2009
UPDATED: 5:59 pm EDT October 12, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man could face life in prison without parole if a judge finds him guilty of killing seven members of the same family during a botched robbery attempt.

Thirty-one-year-old Desmond Turner's murder trial started Monday in Marion Criminal Court.

In the prosecution's opening statement, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi referred to the killings as a "massacre" and said "Desmond Turner is a killer,” who had told people he "wanted to rob the Mexicans,” 6News' Rafael Sanchez reported.

Prosecutors said Turner shot four adults and three children while looking for a safe full of money and drugs in an eastside home. There was no such safe.

Sobbing from family members could be heard in the courtroom as Brizzi detailed how the family of seven was found in their blood inside the home. Each had been shot multiple times, police said.

Still, defense attorneys maintain that Turner wasn't involved in the crime. In opening statements, Turner's attorneys argued that shoe prints found at the scene don’t match, and that other people in the neighborhood had ill will toward the family.

"The state can't give you evidence that Turner committed the crime," said attorney Lorinda Meir Youngcourt. "They don’t have the right man. Desmond Turner is not guilty."

The prosecution's first witness -- Michael Kermon, the first Indianapolis police officer on the scene -- took the stand just before 10 a.m. He testified that he entered the home after a woman met him outside, screaming in Spanish. He said the house smelled of blood and was hazy inside from freshly fired gunshots.

Family members cried as Kermon recounted how he found the bodies of the victims, particularly the children.

"I could see. It was pretty surreal," he said. "I could see kids lying on the bed. They were not moving. The kids were lying on the bed.”

Family members told Sanchez outside court that they expected some of the testimony to be difficult to listen to.

"He murdered seven people, three of them kids, two of them my brothers," Janie Covarrubias, whose father was also killed, said outside court. "What can someone who murdered seven people execution style say that will make me forgive him?"

Turner's mother, Brenda Baymon, also attended the trial, and spoke outside of court.

"I feel sorry about the family who lost their loved one. That's all I have to say," she told Sanchez.

Judge Robert Altice will decide Turner's innocence or guilt. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty for Turner until last month, when they announced a deal to drop it in exchange for Turner waiving his right to a jury trial.

The trial is expected to take about two weeks.

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Thumbs up Turner Will Get Life Without Parole Sentence, Judge Says

Judge Considers Mass Murderer's Fate
POSTED: 10:22 am EDT October 23, 2009
UPDATED: 12:29 pm EDT October 23, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Desmond Turner will be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after he was convicted Thursday in the murders of seven family members in a home on Indianapolis' east side in 2006, the largest mass murder in the city's history, a judge said.

Judge Robert Altice said that will be the outcome, but the official sentence won't be rendered until Nov. 20, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Altice said the brutality of the shootings of the three children at 560 N. Hamilton Ave. on June 1, 2006, were three of six aggravators he used to determine Turner's fate.

"If the judge thought there was residual doubt, he wouldn't have found him guilty of all 23 counts," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. "So now, this monster will spend the rest of his life behind bars, which is where he belongs."

In a surprise move, the defense declined to call witnesses in the penalty phase of the trial.

"The case is about our client being innocent. That's what this case is about," said Brent Westerfield, one of Turner's attorneys. "The people who committed this crime are not in that courtroom."

The victims' family felt some sense of solace, but said they will never be the same.

"It's not going to make it better for me to go to sleep at night," said Marion Albarran. "My family was everything, and they're still not here. It's not going to bring them back."

Altice deliberated for about an hour Thursday afternoon at the close of the nearly two-week-long trial and found Turner, 31, guilty on all charges. While the prosecution lacked DNA evidence directly linking Turner to the killings of seven members of the Covarrubias and Valdez families, several neighbors and acquaintances testified that Turner had talked repeatedly about robbing the family.

Turner shot four adults and three children while looking for a safe full of money and drugs, but there was no such safe.

"There was no DNA evidence. However, what we put together was a very compelling circumstantial case, and that's what we said the entire time," Brizzi said.

Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty for Turner until last month, when they announced a deal to drop it in exchange for Turner waiving his right to a jury trial.

James Stewart is scheduled to go to trial in the same slayings on Dec. 7.

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Alert No witnesses lived to tell the story of mass killing

Evidence against murder suspect James Stewart is circumstantial


By Jon Murray
Posted: December 3, 2009

A jury confronted Wednesday with its first glimpses inside a horrific slaying scene on Hamilton Avenue also learned the complexity of its task over the next two weeks.

The case against James Stewart, the second suspected gunman to go on trial in the June 2006 killings of four adults and three children, won't include the slam-dunk forensic evidence that jurors have come to expect.

And although prosecution witnesses have identified convicted killer Desmond Turner as one of two men seen on the Near-Eastside block that night, they are hard-pressed to finger Stewart.

The Marion County jury will be asked instead to weigh the credibility of Stewart's alleged admissions of his involvement to two fellow jail inmates and two women, including one of his girlfriends.

Defense attorney Richard Bucheri promised to challenge the motivations of those witnesses and asked jurors to zero in on what the evidence doesn't show.

"This is about a man accused of one of the most notorious crimes in the city's history," Bucheri said. "Justice demands that you find James not guilty on all counts.

"Are you going to have the courage to do it?"

Stewart, 33, faces 25 charges, including multiple counts of murder and confinement. Convictions could bring hundreds of years in prison.

He would join Turner, 31, who was convicted by Judge Robert Altice at his bench trial in October despite a similar lack of DNA, fingerprints or weapons. Turner is serving a sentence of life without parole.

The state's case against Stewart is built on circumstantial evidence, including the alleged confessions.

Prosecutors say the men were looking for drugs and money that didn't exist. They portray Turner as the main triggerman, firing 23 shots from his assault rifle while Stewart fired a handgun twice.

Slain were Emma Valdez, 46, and her partner, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; their two young children; Valdez's adult son and daughter; and her 5-year-old grandson.

"Two men, two guns, two choices -- to rob and to kill," Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Haley said in her opening statement.

The trial began Wednesday with testimony from the same police officers who led off Turner's case. They were the first to arrive at Valdez's home and find the bodies scattered through four rooms, with those of the children huddled on a bed.

Defense witnesses will testify that Stewart was with his uncle just before the killings, Bucheri said, and drove to pick up a girlfriend and her children soon after.

Relatives who attended to support Stewart said he wasn't capable of such a crime.

"It's a sad situation and a horrible crime that happened," said Katina Simpson, Stewart's aunt. "But you have the wrong man in there."

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i live not far away from were these murders happened. the buzz was there was drugs and a lot of money in the house. there was not a lot of anything but people. sad situation. indianapolis are wimps when it comes to the death penalty. if you committ a awful crime like this you should die. simple.
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