Hovey Street murders: A crime that outraged Indianapolis

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Ten years after the Hovey Street murders, family, police remember. Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar

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Authorities enter the Hovey Street home on Jan. 15, 2008.(Photo: Matt Detrich/IndyStar file photo)Buy Photo

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The house was supposed to be an easy target.

Cash and 50 pounds of marijuana were believed inside. Two women guarded the home. They would not put up a fight.

But little would prove easy on Jan. 14, 2008. Things would escalate. And turn bloody.

The reporter: 

Coming Saturday, the determined officer: “If you run, I‘ll kill you and get a medal.”

Coming Sunday, the lead investigator: The slayings crossed a line.

Coming Monday, a victim‘s father: The question remains — why?

Two armed men broke into the house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street on the north side.

They found Gina Hunt, 24, and Andrea Yarrell, 24, cowering behind a bed, clutching their children, one a toddler and the other an infant, in their arms.

“Give up the money,” Ronald “Action” Davis screamed. “Where‘s the weed at?”

The women insisted the drugs in the house had been moved. They begged for their lives.

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Buy Photo An IMPD RV and a police car sit in front of a Hovey Street home on Jan. 16, 2008, where two women and their two young children were murdered.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Demiris Kerr crosses himself as he pays his respects, Jan. 16, 2008, in front of the house. Kerr knew the victims personally.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Harvey Anderson pauses after paying his respects. Anderson was childhood friends with Jerry Hunt, victim Gina Hunt‘s father.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo A distraught family member runs up to the scene on Hovey Street.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo A baby doll looks out from a pile of teddy bears, flowers, and personal notes and prayers in front of the Hovey Street home.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Josh Stump prays and pays respects.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Josh Stump called for a vigil at the home.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Regina Morris pays her respects. Her niece knew Gina Hunt.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Teddy bears, flowers, and personal notes and prayers sit in front of the home.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Josh Stump pays respects. “This could have been me,” said the mother of four who called for a stop to the violence.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Teddy bears, flowers, and personal notes and prayers sit in front of the home.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Investigators study the scene on Hovey Street where two women and two children were killed.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Teddy bears, flowers, and personal notes and prayers sit in front of the home.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams (center) listens to information at the of the slayings.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Distraught family members run up to the house.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Regina Morris pays her respects.  Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star

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Davis fired 10 shots. The victims fell silent. The men ran, dropping two handguns outside the house before jumping into a vehicle with two other men and driving away.

Hunt‘s body was found with her 23-month-old son Jordan Hunt. Yarrell was found dead with her 5-month-old daughter, Charlii Daye-Yarrell, who died a short while later at the hospital.

In the house, police found a safe and about a pound of marijuana. They also found an electronic scale and three long guns with ammunition.

Hours after the bodies were discovered, more than 100 people gathered outside the house expressing anger and grief. Police, fearing a riot, moved the crowd to a nearby church.

Andrea Yarrell, 24, and her 5-month-old daughter Charlii Yarrell. (Photo: Family photo)

Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson vowed to hunt the killers down “like dogs.”

“We‘re not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong,” Anderson said. “There‘s a special place in hell for you, and we‘re going to see that you get there.”

Four days later Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers had arrested Davis, Jasper Frazier, Donte Hobson and Zarumin Coleman in connection with the botched robbery and killings.

Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty against Davis, who pleaded guilty. On Nov. 10, 2010, he was sentenced to 245 years in prison for the four murders and related charges.

In his plea, Davis admitted to participating in the robbery in which people were killed, which is all that is required to prove felony murder in Indiana. He continues to claim that Frazier pulled the trigger.

Gina Hunt and 23-month-old Jordan (Photo: file)

Davis is being held at Wabash Valley Long Term Segregation. His earliest release date is Oct. 4, 2137.

Frazier, whose testimony helped convict the others, avoided murder charges and was sentenced to 70 years in prison. Frazier said Davis pulled the trigger, and testimony from the other men indicated that Davis was in possession of the weapon used in the slayings.

Frazier is being held at the Wabash Valley Level 3 Facility with an earliest possible release date of June 22, 2036.

Coleman was convicted of conspiracy, robbery and other crimes. He is at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City with the earliest possible release date of March 12, 2043.

Clockwise from top left: Davis, Coleman, Hobson, Frazier (Photo: file)

Hobson was convicted of conspiracy, robbery and gun charges. He is housed at the Miami Correctional Level 3 facility with the earliest possible release date of July 17, 2023.

A fifth man, Tommy Warren, was not there but would later be charged for helping to plan the robbery. He served 10 years in prison for conspiracy but wasn‘t out of prison long before he walked away from a community corrections work program in 2013.

In 2015, Warren was convicted of criminal recklessness and gun charges, records show. He has been held in the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton with a release date of July 30, 2018.

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