Crime Watch 8

19-year-old wants to withdraw plea deal in murder of IU med school doctor

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 19-year-old man who had agreed to plead guilty to the home burglary and murder of an Indiana University School of Medicine doctor changed his mind Thursday at his sentencing hearing.

Dr. Kevin Rodgers, 61, a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, was killed by gunfire during the burglary Nov. 20, 2017, at his home in the 7500 block of Ballenshire South Drive. Rodgers served as IU School of Medicine program director emeritus and was also involved with the emergency training program for more than 25 years.

Devon Seats was one of four men charged in the case. Seats last month had pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of burglary. He admitted to killing Rodgers and burglarizing three homes and faced a sentence of up to 50 years with a mandatory minimum period of incarceration of 45 years.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that Seats was not sentenced as planned because he attempted to back out of the plea agreement. A hearing will be set for Feb. 27 to determined if Seats can back out of the agreement.

The three other men involved in the incident were recently sentenced. Tarius Blade, 17, was sentenced to 21 years in prison on burglary charges. Nehemiah Merriweather, 19, was sentenced to 10 years on similar charges. Ka’ron Bickham-Hurst, 20, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on burglary charges. 


4 children taken to hospital after car crashes into Pennsylvania day care center

 (CNN) — Four children were injured after a woman crashed her car through the window of a day care center classroom, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

The black BMW traveled all the way through one classroom of the Children of America Educational Childcare center before stopping at a back wall, the Bucks County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Four children were taken to the hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries, the statement said.

“The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, was treated and remains hospitalized,” it said.

The crash is under investigation, according to James O’Malley, the spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. He told CNN the woman was working as a delivery driver.

At the time of the crash — about 1:30 p.m. — there were about 17 children inside that room and about 79 total in the building .

All of the children have been accounted for and reunited with their families, the statement said.