Murder suspect enters no plea; more charges possible

An Indianapolis man was in court Wednesday to hear when he could be officially charged with murder.

Marcus Hardy, 29, was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge of murder.

Hardy did not enter a plea in the hearing. He was instead asked if he understood he had been charged with murder. If a murder charge is not filed by Sept. 8, he will be released, Johnson County Judge Richard Tandy said. Hardy must stay in the Johnson County jail without bond until then.

Now that his initial hearing is done, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office can add more charges, such as robbery or intent to sell marijuana, Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

But since the robbery resulted in a murder, the robbery charges most likely will be included as part of the murder charge, Cooper said.

Douglas Lane, 20, of Bargersville, was shot last week at a Greenwood apartment complex. Lane was expecting to purchase 1 pound of marijuana for $3,200, but instead the would-be seller robbed Lane and shot him, police said.

Hardy was found in northwestern Indiana on Monday after being tracked by U.S. marshals.