Indianapolis—All three suspects have been charged in relation to the murder of an innocent man who was gunned down during a random robbery on his way home from work. Clayton Battice, 61, worked at Wonder Bread for more than 20 years and left behind a wife and children.
More than a week after her husband's murder, Shermell Williams Battice still couldn't bear to show her face on camera. She said it's because she's lost the one man who could make her smile.
"He had the heart of an angel," Williams Battice said. "He would lay his jacket down for you to walk over a puddle. He was very respectful and all I can say is he was just the kindest person."
Williams Battice said she was sleeping and never heard the gunshots that brought police to her apartment in the early morning hours of June 5. Clayton usually woke her up after returning from his overnight shift at Wonder Bread, but the scene outside her window woke her up instead.
"I saw all the police vehicles so I just ran down the stairs calling Clayton," Williams Battice said. "And when he didn't answer I knew he was, something happened to him."
Officers found Clayton Battice shot to death in an open stairwell two flights down from his apartment at the Bavarian Village complex on the east side of Indianapolis. Witnesses saw three young men jump into a white Chevy Blazer and take off. A nearby security camera captured the Blazer leaving and once the photos made their way around the department, a traffic officer discovered that he had pulled the SUV and the getaway driver over earlier that morning.
A week later, police arrested that alleged driver, 18-year-old Jonathan Williams, for assisting a criminal. He led detectives to a 16-year-old who they arrested for murder and robbery. Then, on Monday night, Fox59 cameras were there when police made the final arrest. Police said 19-year-old Anthony Shockley was the first to pull the trigger after Clayton Battice told him he had no money to give them. Shockley was also arrested for murder and robbery.
"I can't sleep, I can't eat, I have to be medicated," said Williams Battice, who had already been battling depression. "My daughter will never see him again. My daughter is nine. And it's just leaving me with emptiness and shock."
Williams Battice now tries to fills that emptiness with the help of prayer with friends, photos of Clayton and the dozens of motivational phrases he left in the kitchen to remind him of the retirement he was just six years from reaching. Though she's thankful for the arrests, she said she's not satisfied.
"Those animals need to be put out of their misery, and I think they should get the death penalty," Williams Battice said.
Police said Anthony Shockley is also a member of the "Pop it off Boys" gang and has a long criminal past. He and the 16-year-old are also charged with robbery and attempted murder for a similar crime earlier that morning which put a Broad Ripple man in the hospital.