January 27th, 2008
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. It was later revealed that a crucial 28 minutes elapsed between the first 911 call -- from inside the house -- at 10:28 p.m. and the time police arrived at 10:56. Although the caller had given the correct address, the police dispatcher got it wrong when sending the cruisers. By midnight, several dozen residents were congregating at 33rd and Hovey streets in the residential neighborhood composed primarily of modest, one-story homes. The residents were trying to glean information and console one another, some crying out that they feared the victims were members of their family. About 12:30 a.m., police called for additional officers to help with crowd control. Sheriff Frank Anderson vowed that the killers will be found, saying: "We will hunt you down like dogs". Witnesses had seen a black SUV with Colts license plates. Investigators traced it to a man who said he had traded it to Zarumin Coleman in exchange for crack cocaine, but that the vehicle had shown up in his driveway the morning after the killings, the license plate missing. Another man, Tommy Warren, told police he'd seen Coleman driving the SUV and that he and Coleman had talked about doing the robbery. Warren later backed out of the plan. Police arrested Coleman, 21, and three other men: Ronald "Action" Davis, 30, Jasper Frazier, 36, and Donte Hobson, 30. According to police, Davis and Frazier forced their way into the house to steal cash and marijuana as Hobson and Coleman waited outside. When the women told them the stash had been moved to another location, police say, Davis fired ten shots, killing Yarrell, Hunt and their children. Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty against Davis. The other four were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and other charges. As his trial date approached, Davis pleaded guilty to the four murders on Sept. 17, 2010, and prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Davis, is housed in Wabash Valley Long Term Segregation and his scheduled release date is Dec. 17, 2130. He continues to deny he fired the shots. In his plea, Davis admitted only that he was in the house attempting to rob it when the killings happened – which is all that is needed under Indiana law for a conviction of felony murder. Prosecutors acknowledged that no physical or forensic evidence proved Davis was the shooter and that their case relied on the testimony of his accomplice, Frazier, who says he watched Davis gun down the victims. Zarumin Coleman was convicted of conspiracy and robbery causing serious bodily injury and unlawful firearm possession by serious felon. He is housed at the Indiana State Prison with the earliest possible release date of 2038. Donte Hobson was convicted of conspiracy and robbery causing serious bodily injury and unlawful firearm possession by serious felon. He is housed at the Miami Correctional Level 3 facility with the earliest possible release date of July 17, 2024. Jasper Frazier was convicted of conspiracy and robbery causing serious bodily injury and aiding in a robbery causing serious bodily injury. He is housed at the Wabash Valley Level 3 Facility with the earliest possible release date of June 22, 2036.