INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 4, 2015) - Suspected gang leader and drug dealer Richard Grundy III is accused of paying a hit man to carry out two double murders in 2014. Grundy is charged with four counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He is currently facing cocaine-related charges in a separate pending case.
The alleged murder-for-hire plot involved suspect John Means was charged for his role in the four murders back in September 2014. Court documents show a witness provided new information that helped investigators draw a connection between Grundy and Means.
Sources tell CBS4 Grundy's crew could be connected with more than two dozen murders over the past three years.
Court documents allege Grundy hired Means to carry out two shootings just days apart. Tyrece Dorsey and William Davis were shot and killed on January 28, 2014 as they stopped at a Citgo gas station near N. Rural Street and E. Brookside Avenue. On February 1, Carlos Jefferson and Julius Douglas were shot and killed in the 3400 block of N. Hovey Street.
“It’s alleged that individuals witnessed firsthand Mr. Means being paid to commit these murders," said Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor.
The witness talked with investigators on July 30 of this year. Court documents state the witness was with Means on January 28 when the alleged hit man received a phone call from Grundy. The witness overheard Grundy tell Means to, "Take care of the problem."
That same witness saw Means about 24 hours later and he showed off several thousand dollars in cash. Investigators believe Means received anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 for the double homicide at the gas station. When the witness asked Means where the money came from, he replied, "You know, taking care of that thing for Grundy."
"There’s so little value placed on life and we see people being killed over very silly things and then to go to this level where as alleged someone would pay to have an individual killed for as petty a reason as a little personal feud," said Curry.
Defense Attorney David Hennessy represents Grundy in his other pending case.
“I think it’s interesting they keep charging conspiracy so it makes one wonder if he’s ever actually done anything," said Hennessy.
Grundy is accused of using violence and intimidate to deal drugs. The prosecutor said it is difficult to get witnesses to talk in these types of cases because they are often afraid.
“Obviously we encounter that every single day in the cases we deal with here in Marion County where individuals are intimidated or otherwise abide with the code that they don’t cooperate with police," said Curry.
The witness also told investigators that Means had orders to kill Douglas and Jefferson. He said he was with Means when he met up Grundy prior to the shooting. The meeting happened at a home in the 3200 block of N. Hovey Street, the same street where the two were later killed.
Grundy is set to appear in court on September 8 to face the additional charges. The trial for his other case is set for October. Means was in court for a pretrial hearing Friday morning. A motion was filed to amend those charges to include a count of conspiracy to commit murder.