Allen County Prosecutor's office seeks to add death penalty in case of man charged with killing four people on Holton Avenue
A status hearing on the death penalty request was scheduled for Friday morning.
Thursday, January 05, 2017 5:35 PM
The Allen County Prosecutor’s office announced Thursday it has filed a motion asking to add the death penalty to the murder charges already filed against Marcus Dansby, who is charged in the Sept. 11 killings of four people in a home in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue.
The announcement said the prosecutor's office has filed a motion to add a Count VII, an application for death sentence. A status hearing on the motion was held Friday morning in Allen Superior Court.
Dansby, of the 2900 block of Bowser Avenue, currently still is scheduled for a jury trial on the charges Feb. 27-March 3 in Allen Superior Court.
But at the status hearing, his attorney, Nikos Nakos of Fort Wayne, told Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull that he plans to ask for a postponement of the trial so he will have more time to prepare for the case, which became much more complex with the death penalty option now involved.
Nakos also told Gull he is concerned that pre-trial media coverage could make it difficult to find a panel of impartial jurors. He suggested the court consider bringing in potential jurors from a county outside of Allen County.
Dansby is charged with four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for the attack that killed Consuela Arrington, 37, Traeven Harris, 18, Dajahiona Arrington, 18, and Dajahiona Arrington's unborn baby.
According to court documents, Fort Wayne Police responded to a report of gunshots being fired inside the home just before 4 a.m. Sept. 11. When officers arrived, they found three people dead and a wounded teen, who was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Police found Dansby inside the house and took him into custody. He was charged with three murders until the Allen County Coroner's Office determined Dajahiona Arrington's unborn baby would have lived if Arrington had not died. The Allen County Prosecutor's office then added the fourth murder charge.
After the hearing, Nakos said Dansby has no prior criminal record and maintains he is innocent of the murder charges.