Man convicted in triple slaying in northwestern Indiana

February 8, 2018

An Indiana man has been convicted of murder in the 2016 stabbing deaths of three people during what authorities said was a robbery.

WLFI-TV reported a jury in Kentland returned the verdict Wednesday in the case of Derrick Cardosi. He could face life in prison without parole when sentenced.

The victims' bodies were found stabbed multiple times in a home in Sumava Resorts on Aug. 28, 2016. The unincorporated community is about 35 miles  south of Gary in northwestern Indiana.

The victims were 20-year-old Justin L. Babbs, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 39-year-old Kimberly Spears.

Babbs' father, Rick Babbs, said the guilty verdict in his son's slaying is "something good out of this mess."

Cardosi's co-defendant, Sebastian Wedding, pleaded guilty last year in a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.




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