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Two teens charged in connection to murder of IU School of Medicine director

<p>Kevin Rodgers, IU School of Medicine program director emeritus.</p>

Kevin Rodgers, IU School of Medicine program director emeritus.

Two teens were charged last week in connection with the Nov. 20 murder of the former director of the IU School of Medicine.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested Ka'ron Bickham-Hurst, 18, on a preliminary murder charge in relation to the death of Dr. Kevin Rodgers

Bickham-Hurst was charged with one count of murder, two counts of burglary and four counts of theft on Dec. 14.

An unidentified 15-year-old was also arrested in connection with the murder and suspected thefts, but the 15-year-old's specific charges have not been released because he is a minor. 

According to court documents, police were already looking for Bickham-Hurst in connection to a string of thefts and burglaries in the northwest Indianapolis area when Rodgers was shot at his home near the 7500 block of Ballinshire Drive South on Nov. 20.

As many as four individuals, including Bickham-Hurst and the 15-year-old, are believed to be involved in the thefts, but no information has been released about any other suspects as of Monday .

Bickham-Hurst’s pretrial conference is set for Jan. 1, 2018, according to court records. 

Dominick Jean

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