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State of Indiana v. Theressa Jones
On July 16, 2012, defendants, La’Quinda Maxwell and Theressa Jones recklessly killed William Richards in a vehicular crash, which occurred at the intersection of Broadway and Grand in Anderson. The State of Indiana charged Maxwell and Jones with Reckless Homicide, a Class C felony. Maxwell was charged for recklessly speeding for driving 62 mph in a 40-mph zone and having marijuana in her system at the time of the crash. Jones was charged for recklessly stepping out of the vehicle in a suicide attempt, which caused Maxwell to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in the death of William Richards.
On June 3, 2013, Maxwell pled guilty as charged. Theressa Jones was tried before a 12-panel jury in Circuit Court 6 and on November 24, 2014 Theressa Jones was convicted of Reckless Homicide. She received a three year executed sentence to the Indiana Department of Correction. She will serve two years on probation upon her release.
Deputy Prosecutor Dan Kopp and Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Wade represented the State of Indiana. The case was investigated by Detective Norman Rayford of the Anderson Police Department and Detective Nate Raney of the Indiana State Police.
State of Indiana vs. De’Auntaye White
On December 15, 2013, the defendant, De’Auntaye White murdered Quashawn Jordan at the Geater Center in Anderson, Indiana. Quashan Jordan was gunned down by De’Auntaye White after a drug deal that went sour. The defendant, De’Auntaye White, went to the Geater Center to sell marijuana. He met with Quashawn Jordan and opened fire, firing at least 3 shots, at Quashawn Jordan. Quashawn Jordan died a short time later at St. John’s emergency department. The State of Indiana charged the defendant with murder.
The defendant went on the run and after ten days was apprehended by the police in Marion, Indiana, where he had been hiding out at a relative’s house. The defendant was tried in front of a 12-panel jury in Madison County Circuit Court 3 and was convicted of murder. On December 15, 2014, he received a 65 year sentence to the Indiana Department of Correction.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Koester and Deputy Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury represented the State of Indiana. The case was investigated by Detective Norman Rayford, Detective Tony Watters and Detective Joel Sandefur of the Anderson Police Department.
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State of Indiana vs. David Lewicki
Lewicki and three (3) other co-defendants — Steven Browning, Jennifer Sprinkle and Brittany Wellman — left Tipton after methamphetamine activity was reported to the police at Steven Browning’s residence. The four individuals arrived in Elwood and discovered they were out of gas money. They conspired to “rip off” Pelayo. Lewicki drove the vehicle out into the countryside and stopped at a farm. Co-defendant Browning and Sprinkle took the victim out behind a shed and Browning attacked Pelayo with a machete or large knife. Lewicki joined Browning and Sprinkle in assaulting Pelayo. In the attack, Pelayo received large lacerations to the head, a fracture to the skull, and subsequent bleeding and hemorrhaging on the brain.
The State of Indiana charged the defendant with Aiding, Inducing or Causing Attempted Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Class A felony and Aiding, Inducing or Causing Attempted Robbery Resulting while Armed with a Deadly Weapon, a Class B felony. On November 25, 2014, defendant was tried in front of a 12-panel jury in Madison County Circuit Court 4. He was found guilty as charged. He was also found guilty as a Habitual Offender. On January 6, 2015 the defendant received a total aggregate sentence of 65 years to the Indiana Department of Correction.
Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Hopper and Deputy Prosecutor Jesse Miller represented the State of Indiana. The case was investigated by Detective Darwin Dwiggins and John Vieke of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.