UPDATE (April 8, 2021)– Katrina Griffith was found guilty of felony murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and burglary. A sentencing date is set for May 19.
UPDATE (Dec. 15, 2020)– Officials say evidentiary problems led to the dismissal of murder charges for Daequan Adams. The case against Griffith is still pending.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A pair of accused killers are behind bars following a deadly armed robbery.
The shooting took place in the 700 block of Edgemont Avenue on the near northwest side.
Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight Saturday morning and found 52-year-old Michael Zdenek Sr. shot to death.
His wife of more than 30 years is still heartbroken by the loss.
“They took my love. They took my soul mate. They took my everything,” said Midge Zdenek.
Midge, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound, says it all started with the knock at the window.
“Mike went, “I’m going to see who this is,” and that’s the last words I heard from my husband,” said Midge.
According to court records, Michael’s next-door neighbor Katrina Griffith lured the victim outside to see about repairing a scratched van.
That’s when the accused gunman, a friend of Griffith’s identified as Daequan Adams, ran up with a gun and tried to rob Michael before shooting him multiple times.
It turns out, police believe Michael sold an SUV for a few thousand dollars and the suspects planned to steal that money.
“It’s not worth taking a life. We need to stop the violence,” said Midge.
After the shooting, Midge says the gunman stormed inside her home and demanded money from the car sale. Prosecutors say Griffith also went inside her home and waited 40 minutes before she called 911.
According to the affidavit, Griffith initially confessed to police to assisting in the robbery stating she got “used like a pawn.” She then added, “He should have just went into the house.”
Griffith later denied any involvement in the crime. A search of Adams’ apartment turned up bloody gloves and a mask like the one used in the robbery.
“He was everything to me. He took care of me like gold,” said Midge. “I want them to be behind of bars for the rest of their lives.”
A judge granted prosecutors a 72-hour continuance to file formal charges.
Both suspects are due in court next week.
Griffith and Adams were charged with murder and robbery.