The defendants include Carlos Craft, 22, Demetrius Harris, 23, Marcus Brown, 19, and Jacobi Wesley, 14. All are in custody without bond. Two other juveniles who had minimal roles in the crimes were handled in Juvenile Court.
A grand jury indicted Craft, Harris and Brown on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery, especially aggravated robbery, attempted especially aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, carjacking and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Wesley was indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery, attempted especially aggravated robbery, and attempted aggravated robbery.
According to an investigation, a man was carjacked around 5 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2018, in his driveway in the 1000 block of Cox Street. He said several men also robbed him and pointed an assault rifle at him before driving away in his black Mercedes Benz.
The following day at around 1 a.m., Xavier Shotwell, 35, was shot to death in his truck after a group of men tried to rob him at a service station in the 3600 block of Summer Avenue. Witnesses said the victim’s truck had been blocked in by a white truck and a black Mercedes Benz which were driven by the assailants.
Police later arrested several suspects in a white truck that matched the vehicle which had been used in both crimes.
The case is being handled by Theresa McCusker, chief prosecutor of Criminal Court Division 1.