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Murder by the Numbers

As Indianapolis marks its 100th criminal homicide, a closer look at the data shows a lower than average percentage of the victims and suspects have prior criminal records.


An examination of 96 of the 100 murders shows local adult criminal histories were found for 58 (60%) of the victims. These 98 individuals accounted for 245 adult felony arrests.

Where criminal  histories were found:

  • 23 (40%) had a previous weapons arrest

  • 36 (62%) had a previous drug arrest

  • 29 (50%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest.

Of the 48 suspects where a name was known, prior local adult criminal histories were found for 24 (50%) of the suspects.  These 24 people accounted for 104 adult felony arrests:

  • 10 (42%) had a previous weapons arrest

  • 15 (63%) had a previous drug arrest

  • 14 (58%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest

Last year, the city’s murder rate showed 76 percent of the victims had an adult criminal record, 81 percent of the suspects had prior criminal histories.

On the juvenile front,  there has been eight  juvenile murder victims this year and five suspects under the age of 18.  One juvenile was responsible for three homicides.   

And African-Americans were 74-percent of the murder victims, even though blacks only make up 25 percent of the populations.

*Since I originally started writing this post a couple of days ago, we’ve had two more murders; both African-American.

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