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Murder trial moves to September for man accused of killing four on Holton Avenue

Marcus D. Dansby
Marcus D. Dansby
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:19 am
The murder trial of a man accused of killing four people inside a home in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue has been rescheduled to September, a year after the killings took place. Marcus D. Dansby will now go on trial beginning Sept. 25 and ending in late October to allow enough time to hear all evidence in the death penalty phase should Dansby be found guilty by a jury.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said the trial will take place every day, including holidays and Saturdays, until completed. All hearings related to the case will be transcribed and sent to Indianapolis, where the Indiana Supreme Court is located and monitors death penalty cases.

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 Sept. 11 attack that killed Consuela Arrington, 37, Traeven Harris, 18, Dajahiona Arrington, 18, and Dajahiona Arrington's unborn baby. One teen survived life-threatening injuries.

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.

Dansby last appeared in court Friday for a status hearing considering the Allen County Prosecutor's Office's motion to add Count VII, an application for death sentence. He had been scheduled to go on trial in late February.



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