INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Two men have been sentenced for their role in the fatal shooting of a man in the east of the city in November 2019.
Aaron Jones, 23, was found dead after Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers were called to report a person shot at around 3:45 p.m. on November 21, 2019, in the 5200 block of East 20th Street. It is a residential area southeast of the intersection of East 21st Street and Emerson Avenue.
Johnthan Quarles, 26, and Gabriel West Jr., whose last known age was 28, have been arrested for their involvement in Jones’ fatal shooting, police said in March 2020 after what the IMPD called a long investigation. Quarles was arrested on February 27, 2020 and West was arrested on March 4, 2020.
A jury convicted Quarles and West on Tuesday night after a two-day trial, according to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
The prosecutor revealed information about the crime during the trial.
Jones’ body was found in his basement after two of his friends discovered an open door to his house and a 4-year-old alone inside. Jones was known to sell high-end clothes and sneakers in the basement. According to a witness, objects throughout the house appeared to have been searched.
Jones had Ring bells on the house that showed Quarles and West entering the house on the day of the murder. A few minutes later, Quarles was seen walking out of the house with two backpacks. Quarles is then seen walking into the house accompanied by a man with a large gym bag.
Investigators learned that Quarles had known Jones from grade school. Detectives identified West as an additional suspect via social media.
During cross-examination by prosecutors, Quarles admitted to seeing West shoot the victim.
West was convicted of murder, criminal murder and robbery resulting in grievous bodily harm.
Quarles was convicted of robbery causing serious bodily harm.
A sentencing hearing has been set for October 27 at 9 a.m.