SOUTH BEND – Five suspects have been charged with murder -- one day after a victim of a South Bend home invasion and stabbing in late December died.
During the late night hours of December 27, 5 men, including 3 teens, broke into the home of Kent and Sandra Price in the 1000 block of N. Michigan St. and stabbed several people.
The Prices suffered stab wounds to their necks, and St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett has confirmed to WSBT that Mrs. Price died Saturday night.
According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Price's death was ruled a homicide in an autopsy conducted Monday morning. The cause of death was determined to be blood loss from multiple sharp force injuries.
Police not only found the Prices badly hurt after the home invasion. Three others were also injured. Christine Jordan and her two young children were visiting the couple. Jordan and her son were stabbed, while her daughter was hit with a blunt object. All three visitors were treated and released.
The five suspects were arraigned in court last week. 18-year-old Nate Coley, 17-year-old Gemari Cotton, 19-year-old Lee Griffin, 21-year-old Khawana Lamar, and 47-year-old Walter Neely are all charged with robbery and burglary.
On Monday, each was charged with two counts of felony murder.
The men are accused of breaking into the house with a gun and a knife, demanding money and started "cutting" people.
The other guests in the home hid and called 911.
Police arrested the robbers as they were leaving the house, some carrying stolen items.
Bond for each suspect was set at $1 million. Each has a hearing on January 14.