When a business deal goes awry, the parties often wind up in court. When a drug deal is botched, one or more of the parties often winds up dead and the other parties face serious criminal charges. In a recent variation on this theme, an Indianapolis man was allegedly murdered by four men who were searching his apartment for marijuana supposedly belonging to the Mexican Mafia.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the police, a man living on Ridgeview Drive in Indianapolis agreed in May 2017 to accept delivery of 20 pounds of marijuana. The man who made the request was known only as "Roger." Roger had agreed to pay the man $500 for his assistance. On June 4, Roger and three other men allegedly broke into the apartment looking for the marijuana. The roommate of the man who had arranged the delivery said that the drugs had never arrived. The four men are accused of tying the roommate's hands with zip ties, covering his eyes with duct tape, beating him and stabbing him in the shoulder.
The men then allegedly heard a car in the driveway. They left the apartment together. The roommate heard two gunshots. He escaped, left the apartment and found the driver of the car lying in the driveway with gunshot wounds to his face. The man died the next day. Using information provided by the roommate, police were able to identify and arrest Roger the next day. Roger was charged with murder, burglary, robbery and battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Marion County Jail without bond.
The charges faced by the suspect in this case are very serious, and the evidence may seem very strong. Nevertheless, the suspect is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he has been found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and law governing the case and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: RTV6, "PC: Indianapolis man killed over missing drugs belonging to the 'Mexican Mafia'," Jordan Fischer, July 14, 2017