Plea entered in double murder case
(Indianapolis) – The two suspects accused of a double murder in Cumberland each face up to 156 years in prison if convicted on murder and weapons charges. Michael Bell and Jeremy Priel pled not guilty in court yesterday. The men are accused of killing Bell’s best friend Jeremy Crane, 21, and Crane’s niece Kyleigh Crane, 7, in order to steal two video game consoles. The suspects allegedly pawned the electronics for 40 dollars cash and marijuana. Assistant Marion County Prosecutor Denise Robinson said under Indiana law, it does not matter which one actually pulled the trigger and said both are equally culpable. Their next court appearances are scheduled for Feb. 1, and their trial date is scheduled for Feb. 27. Prosecutor Terry Curry has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
Judge rules White ineligible for office
(Indianapolis) – A Marion County judge has ruled the current Secretary of State, Charlie White was not eligible to run for that office and has ordered him removed. Judge Louis Rosenberg said that White, a Republican, was ineligible to run for the office in 2010 and that the recount commission was wrong when it allowed him to stay in office in June of 2011. White is accused of using his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration documents. The judge also stated that White’s action to change his registration to a new address in September 2010 happened after the official deadline for the official declaration of candidacy. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said Democrat Vop Osili will take the office of Secretary of State. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office says it will seek to appeal the decision from the Marion County judge.White still faces a criminal trial in January on charges including voter fraud and perjury.
Shoppers cause chaos at area malls
(Indianapolis) – Some anxious shoppers numbering more than 1500 waited in line early this morning for the season’s hottest sports shoe causing chaos at Castleton Square Mall. The Air Jordan XI shoes, similar to the Air Jordans released in 1996 for Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan were advertised as going on sale at midnight at two sporting goods stores. The stores say they stocked only about 300 pairs. IMPD was called in for backup after the crowd began pushing and shoving each other. Police said people were throwing things at each other and at them and feared glass storefront window might break with all the shoving. There were no injuries and no arrests. A similar occurrence took place at Lafayette Square and Washington Square Malls at around 7 a.m. this morning. Police were called to those malls as shoppers rushed the entrance, knocking people down and running over them, breaking door hinges. Police said the situation there was under control about 20 minutes later.