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Fresh off his acquittal in a double murder trial, John Means arrested Monday on drug charges

Posted at 3:28 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 00:14:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four days after being released from jail following his acquittal in a double murder, John H. Means was back behind bars Monday – this time arrested with four others on drug charges.

Officers from IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Monday evening around 8:30 p.m. at a home on the 500 block of North Gray Street – just east of the intersection of Rural and Michigan streets.

Inside, officers reportedly found narcotics, three guns and a large amount of cash, in addition to five people:

  • Antell Garnett, 30
  • Dominique McClendon Cortez, 26
  • John H. Means, 24
  • Michael L. Robinson, 18
  • Paul D. Rose, 44

The five individuals were all taken into custody on preliminary charges including dealing marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

Means was released from jail Thursday after being found not guilty of the murders of Carlos Jefferson & Julius Douglas on Feb. 1, 2014.

The trial was his second on those charges. A Marion County jury hung after being unable to reach a verdict against him in October 2016

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Marion County prosecutors alleged Means was hired by Richard Grundy III – himself accused of being the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization linked to multiple homicides in Indianapolis – to kill Jefferson and Douglas, along with two other men, Tyrece Dorsey and William Davis.

The murder charges against Grundy were eventually dropped after a key witness was found to have lied about her identity.

Means still faces charges in connection to the Dorsey and Davis murders. A trial date has not been set for that case.

Marion County prosecutors have described the "Grundy Crew" as a "dangerous gang intent on distributing drugs & promoting violence." Read more of our coverage about them here:

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