Two more people have been charged in the murder of a former I-U defensive lineman during the post-George Floyd riots last year.
Prosecutors charged Marcus Anderson in December with shooting Chris Beaty to death during a robbery spree. Investigators say Beaty stepped out of his apartment building to make sure everything was okay during the violence — and into the path of a group which had been robbing drivers in the neighborhood.
Now a grand jury has charged two of Anderson’s accused accomplices with the robberies, and with felony murder in Beaty’s death.
The charges against Anderson mentioned Alijah Jones and Nakeyah Shields — Jones was charged with in a parking garage robbery which began the holdup binge. But Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears says it took time to assemble enough evidence to be confident the case could be proven in court.
Mears won’t say specifically what changed over those six months, but unlike Anderson, Jones and Shields were indicted by a grand jury. Mears notes grand jury proceedings are confidential, and can allow witnesses to tell what they know without fearing their names and testimony will appear in public court documents.
Jones and Shields are both charged with felony murder, meaning they’re responsible as part of the robbery even if they didn’t pull the trigger.
Because Beaty was killed during a robbery, all three defendants could face the death penalty. Mears says his office has been focused on establishing whether they could make the case for Jones’ and Shields’ guilt. Now that the charges have been filed, he says those discussions will begin, including consulting with Beaty’s family.
Another accused accomplice, Dorian Murrell, was shot to death the same night. The accused gunman in that killing says he was about to be the next robbery victim and is claiming self-defense. Tyler Newby’s trial is scheduled for August.