Prosecutor announces death penalty is not ‘an option’ in Adams Street mass murder due to suspect’s age

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Police at scene on Jan. 24, 2021

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INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears provided an update Thursday on the deadly shooting that killed six people, including an unborn child, on Adams Street over the weekend.

Due to the 17-year-old suspect’s age, Mears said the death penalty is not an option in the case.

The prosecutor’s office will file six individual charges of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of carrying a handgun without a license for 17-year-old Raymond Childs, III.

Investigators said the shooting happened early Sunday morning at a home in the the 3500 block of North Adams Street.

According to an IMPD incident report, a teen first alerted police to the horrific scene after he was shot. Police found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound not far from the home.

He told investigators that his older brother was responsible for shooting his family.

The victims were identified as 42-year-old Kezzie Childs, 42-year-old Raymond Childs, 18-year-old Elijah Childs, 13-year-old Rita Childs, 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, and Baby Boy Hawkins, the unborn child of Kiara Hawkins.

Investigators described the killing as “mass murder” and took the 17-year-old suspect into custody Monday.

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