NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — In August of 2016, Justin Babbs, Richard Thomas and Kimberly Spears were stabbed to death inside a home in Sumava Resorts. Sebastian Wedding and Derrick Cardosi were charged. In late October of 2017, Wedding received his sentence for their murders.
According to Newton County Sheriff Thomas VanVleet, it all began on Aug. 28 with a 911 call from a woman at around 7:30 p.m. She reported that a man was bleeding in her home and an attempted suicide may have occurred.
When deputies arrived, they found 20-year-old Justin Babbs dead. They also found 39-year-old Kimberly Spears and 23-year-old Richard Thomas, deceased in the next room.
“Whoever did this horrific act, the people were trying to fight back,” said Kathy Novak, owner of the duplex where the murders occurred. “And there was blood on the walls, and ceilings, and the doorknobs — everything. It was just gruesome.”
According to court documents, Sebastian Wedding was arrested after a witness picked Wedding up from a Cedar Lake home he was staying in after the murders.
The witness says they saw Thomas's silver Mercury in the driveway.
Wedding allegedly told the witness he needed gas money because he planned on leaving the state.
Court documents say Facebook message conversations between the witness and Wedding later that day had been monitored by police.
Wedding allegedly admitted to being at the home where the murders took place.
When asked who was there with him at the time he asked, "Dead or alive?"
The witness later asked Wedding's mother about what was going on with her son.
Screenshots of the conversation allegedly show Wedding's mother responding with the question, "He killed Ricky, his girlfriend, and Justin Bass?"
Wedding was arrested on Aug. 29th.
Derrick Cardosi, who lived 500 feet away from the duplex where the murders took place, was arrested on Aug. 31.
That's after a witness saw him at the scene in the days following the murder.
Police say based on their investigation, they had enough evidence to make an arrest.
Prosecutors charged Wedding with three felony counts of murder, auto theft and theft.
Cardosi also was charged with two felony counts of assisting a criminal.
Both Wedding and Cardosi entered a plea of not guilty and were being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.
On Oct. 23 Wedding was sentenced to 55 years with no probation.
The maximum sentence allowed was 60 years but this was reduced as part of his plea-bargain. Also as part of the bargain, Wedding had waived his right to appeal the conviction, however, he does have 30 days to appeal the sentence.
Wedding was remanded by the Newton County Sheriff's Office to the Indiana Department of Corrections.