Man Charged In The Shooting Death Of Former Big Ten Football Player Chris Beaty

A man has been charged in the killing of former Indiana football player Chris Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday.

Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and pointing a firearm for his suspected role in the death of Beaty and three downtown robberies. Surveillance video from a nearby parking garage captured Anderson robbing drivers at gunpoint.

“We have multiple victims, multiple crime scenes involving multiple robbery counts, as well as pointing a firearm, and then it kind of culminated in the tragic loss of life of Mr. Beaty,” said Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. “All of those bullets, all of those casings, come back to a single firearm and so that’s why we felt comfortable moving forward with all of the charges that we did.

“We have testimony from the eyewitnesses who were victims in the robberies who came forward with information and identified Mr. Anderson as outlined in the Probable Cause Affidavit as having a firearm in the alley,” said Mears. “If you look at the surveillance footage, I think it’s a reasonable inference from the surveillance footage that there was also a pointed firearm situation that happened immediately before the death that you can also see Mr. Anderson possessing a firearm.”

Beaty was a former Indiana University football player and played for three state championship-winning teams at Indianapolis Cathedral High School.