Sentencing hearing moved for teen suspect charged in connection to murder of prominent Indianapolis doctor


Kevin Rodgers (Photo courtesy of the IU School of Medicine)

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UPDATE: Tarius Blade’s sentencing hearing was moved to Oct. 18, 2019.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — One of the teen suspects who pleaded guilty in connection to the death of an Indianapolis doctor will be sentenced today.

CBS4 doesn’t typically name juvenile defenders. However, prosecutors charged Tarius Blade as an adult. He pleaded guilty to three burglary charges. Blade was 15-years-old at the time of the crime

Dr. Kevin Rodgers, a prominent local doctor, was killed on November 20, 2017, after suspects broke into his home near Eagle Creek and shot him to death.

Ka’Ron Bickham-Hurst was charged with burglary and murder for his role in Rodgers’ death.  But court documents show he pleaded guilty to three burglary charges. Today, his lawyers will appear in court for a hearing.

17-year-old Devon Seats and 18-year-old Nehemiah Merriweather also are facing charges of murder and burglary. They are set to go to trial this fall.

Tarius Blade

Court documents allege that Seats smashed a rock through a window to get inside Rodgers’ home. He’s also accused of shooting Rodgers, telling his accomplices he had to shoot the doctor because Rodgers had seen his face.

According to court documents, the suspects burglarized two nearby homes after the shooting.

Rodgers was the program director of the emergency medicine residency at the IU School of Medicine and the president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He was also an assistant lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School.

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