A man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of two women days apart in Indianapolis
An indiana man has been arrested and charged with murder in Two women fatally stabbed Indianapolis police said Friday that their bodies were found not far apart from each other, five days apart.
Prosecutors have charged David Hayner, 30, with two counts of murder in the deaths of Shannon Lasser, 58, and Marian Weiss, 52, officials said at a news conference.
“No one deserves what these two women went through — no one,” said Chris Bailey, interim chief of the Indianapolis Police Department. “This was brutal and evil.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said Lasser was killed on January 26, while Weiss was killed on January 31.
Lasser’s body was found in the parking lot on Jan. 27, and Weiss’ body was found behind a business on Feb. 1, police said. Both were stabbed. Their bodies were found about 150 yards from each other, on the far east side of the city, according to authorities.
The women fought off their killer, which eventually helped investigators arrest Heiner, who was injured, Bailey said.
Police said videos from the companies showed a man matching his description and one of the victims on the night she was killed, and blood on a shoe found in the apartment where he was staying matched the blood of both victims.
Both women “died from multiple blunt force injuries,” said Kendall Adams, deputy chief of the police department’s criminal investigation division.
Hayner was arrested on an unrelated probation violation Tuesday and murder charges were filed Friday, Bailey said.
“Investigators needed time to conduct forensic testing on those items seized during the search warrant,” which included clothing, Adams said.
Adams said officials in LaPorte County, where Heiner allegedly failed to meet probation conditions, were planning to seek his arrest when they were contacted by Indianapolis police. Laboratory results then linked Henner to the victims, he said.
Adams said investigators believe Heiner knew the second victim, Weiss, but had no information that he knew Lasserre. He added that no weapon was found.
The motive was not known Friday, Bailey said.
Heiner was being held at the jail Friday night, according to online jail records.
Online court records do not appear to show an attorney who could speak on his behalf. The phone number of anyone associated with him was not immediately located.
Bailey said the case remains under investigation. “There is still a lot of work to be done in this case,” he added.
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