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One person shot another stabbed over drug deal linked to’Mexican Mafia’

July 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
One person shot another stabbed over drug deal linked to’Mexican Mafia’

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An Indianapolis man has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of one man and the stabbing of another victim over a drug deal linked to the Mexican Mafia street gang.

Roger Ravel is charged with murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary, and battery using a lethal weapon in connection to the June 5th shooting of Christopher Curry.

Police were dispatched to a residence just before 1 a.m. after reports surfaced that a person was shot. Upon arrival, officers discovered Curry outside the house with a gunshot wound to the face and another man with duct tape around his head.

The man who had been duct taped told authorities that he was letting someone named Roger have a package of 20 pounds of marijuana delivered to his home. On May 30th, the man told officers that Roger, who was later identified in a picture lineup as Ravell, showed up to the residence and said the package was delivered. The man added that he told Ravell the load never arrived.

Roger Ravel (Photo courtesy Indianapolis Police Department)

The wounded man told detectives that Ravell said the package belonged to the “Mexican Mafia” and he “didn’t want to see him get hurt,” according to The Indy Star.

A couple of days later, the man was woken up to the sight of four men over him, two of them with shotguns.

The men reportedly zip-tied his hands behind his back and duct taped his face and head, leaving one of his eyes partly uncovered. He told authorities the men spoke in Spanish but communicated with him in English.

The man added that they then went to the dining room, where he was brought to his knees, stabbed in the shoulder and hit in the ribs with a shotgun barrel. He said the men continued to beat him as they raided the house for the marijuana.

Ravell then asked the man where his phone was to call Curry. They were still in the garage when a car pulled into the driveway.

Two of the men “charged” down the hall and there were shots fired.

Both men were rushed to Eskenazi Hospital, where Curry was later pronounced dead.

Ravell made his first appearance in court Friday. His trial is expected to start on September 11th, according to online court records.

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