John Deloney arrested for local pizza shop murder in Hartwell - Tucson News Now

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in restaurant owner's murder

Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder
Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder
Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder Surveillance image from Cosmic Pizza the night of the murder
John Deloney (Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office) John Deloney (Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) -

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says he will seek the death penalty against a man who is accused of murdering the owner of a local pizza place.

John Deloney, 27, was arrested on Wednesday in Indianapolis after an manhunt resulted in him turning himself in at Indianapolis Police headquarters on an open warrant for aggravated murder. 

The warrant was issued on Tuesday. Deloney is accused of murdering Richard Evans, 50, at Cosmic Pizza on Woodsdale Avenue on Saturday evening.

During a press conference on Friday, Deters released surveillance images of a man appearing to be Deloney inside the restaurant. In one of the images, the man is seen pointing a gun and Evans' wife can be seen crouching down in the background.

Investigators say Deloney entered the store and place an order for food. He then produced a handgun and demanded money. Evans and Deloney struggled for the gun and Evans was shot at close range. After being shot, Evans attempted to escape from Deloney, but Deloney continued to follow him and shoot three additional times. Evans exited the restaurant and made it to a front yard adjacent to his establishment, where he died.

Deloney's wife and children, who were in a back play area, were not injured.

"This cowardly act of hunting down an innocent unarmed man in front of his wife and family deserves nothing less than execution," said Deters. "That will be our goal."

Deloney is being held without bond at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Once the extradition process is complete, he will be transferred to Hamilton County for prosecution.

Neighbors have been rallying around the victim's family.

Sarah Cody, who lives down the street from Cosmic Pizza, is breathing a sigh of relief now that Deloney has turn himself in, saying the murder hasn't shaken her sense of security.

"I feel safe. I mean this is a very quiet neighborhood. This is the first thing that's really happened since I've been here in two years, and unfortunately, things like that can happen anywhere now, but I feel safe here." 

Dawn Murray is a neighbor of the Evans and tells FOX19's Gordon Graham she plans to follow the case every step of the way to support Evans' widow.

"It's important because I've seen first hand the effect it's had on the family, and I don't know if she will or will not have the strength to be there, so I want to make sure that we are."

Evans was a father of three children. His funeral visitation will be at Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., Carthage, Friday from 11 a.m. until blessing at 1 p.m.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Monday, May 29 2017 1:59 AM EDT2017-05-29 05:59:54 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. The loss ends the Wildcats' season as they have been knocked out of the 2017 Women's College World Series in the super regional round. 

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. 

  • HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-05-29 04:30:20 GMT
    Source: Tucson WaterSource: Tucson Water

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

  • WWII veteran Helen Glass to help with Evergreen Memorial Day event

    WWII veteran Helen Glass to help with Evergreen Memorial Day event

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-05-29 04:09:35 GMT
    Glass, a veteran herself, has volunteer with various veterans organizations for decades (Source: Tucson News Now).Glass, a veteran herself, has volunteer with various veterans organizations for decades (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Local volunteer and World War II Navy veteran Helen Anderson Glass wants to remind the community how Memorial Day should be observed.

    Local volunteer and World War II Navy veteran Helen Anderson Glass wants to remind the community how Memorial Day should be observed.

Powered by Frankly