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Inmate interview leads to murder charge against Illinois man
Munster, Indiana
CROWN POINT | In 2012, Stephen M. Day allegedly offered a man money to kill a Hammond man. 
April 02 2015
Person of interest in custody in fatal Highland bar stabbing
Hammond, Indiana
HIGHLAND | As the family of murder victim Joshua Headley was addressing the Highland Town Council on Monday night asking that the bar where he was stabbed to death be shut down, police were taking a person of interest in the case into custody in Hammond.
March 30 2015
Hammond County week in review for federal court
Sheridan, indiana
The United States Attorney's Office announced two dispositions in Federal Court for Hammond County the week of March 8.
March 24 2015
Suspected Indiana serial killer to stand trial in June
By Tracy Rucinski CROWN POINT, Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of killing seven women in Indiana will stand trial for murder on June 22, a Lake County judge said on Friday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, has been charged with the murders of Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35, who both died by strangulation. Hardy's body was found in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, last ...
March 13 2015
'I lied; don't remember,' say witnesses in gang murder trial
HAMMOND | Defense witnesses called Tuesday in the trial of Juan Briseno seemed to bolster the prosecution’s case against the member of the East Chicago-based Imperial Gangsters street gang.
February 24 2015
Jury recommends sentence of 35 years for Dejuan Hammond in murder of Troya Sheckles
Hammond, Indiana
Defense will appeal, says they believe Hammond is "innocent."
December 13 2014
Defense attorneys for Dejuan Hammond ask judge for new murder trial because of errors
Defense claims judge should not have allowed jury to see video statements from witnesses to police.
December 10 2014
Defense attorneys continue grilling detective in Hammond trial
Testimony in Dejuan Hammond's murder trial continued Wednesday. 
December 03 2014
Lead detective and former prosecutor defend their handling of Hammond murder case
Former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Van De Rostyne said he was just seeking "justice for Troya Sheckles and her family."
December 02 2014
Key witness in Hammond trial accuses prosecutors of bullying her into testimony
In day four of Hammond's murder trial, his former girlfriend Princess Bolin took the witness stand and said the lead detective in the case told her if she didn't cooperate, her life “would be a living hell.”
November 25 2014
Former girlfriend tells jury Dejuan Hammond was with her at mall when slaying occurred
Princess Bolin can no longer "recall" statements she made implicating Hammond in murder
November 21 2014
Testimony continues in Hammond trial
Hammond is charged with the murder of Troya Sheckles.
November 21 2014
Jurors in Hammond trial view murder scene and evidence
Hammond is charged with the murder of Troya Sheckles.
November 21 2014
Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings
Hammond, Indiana
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span.
October 29 2014
Suspected Indiana serial killer pleads not guilty to two murders
By Mark Guarino CROWN POINT Ind. (Reuters) - Suspected Indiana serial killer Darren Vann pleaded not guilty at a court hearing on Wednesday to the murders of two women. Vann, 43, a convicted sex offender, has been charged with murder in the deaths of Anith Jones, 35, and Afrikka Hardy, 19. Both women were strangled. After Hardy's body was found in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana on Oct. 18 ...
October 29 2014
Seven Women Found Dead In Northwest Indiana; Suspect In Custody
Darren Deon Vann is believed to have murdered seven women in Hammond and Gary. Some of the murders may date back 20 years. [ more › ]
October 21 2014
Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades
By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in Lake County with one of the seven murders, according to ...
October 21 2014
Serial Killer Suspect Says Spree Date Back 2 Decades
Hammond, Indiana
The man suspected of murdering seven women in Indiana told police his crime spree dates back two decades, authorities said at a press conference today.
October 20 2014
Alleged serial killer identified as Darren Deon Vann
Darren Deon Vann, 43, told police he was shocked how quickly he was located after the murder of a 19-year-old woman in a Hammond hotel, police said. The alleged serial killer led police to six other bodies in northwest Indiana.
October 20 2014
Gary man formally charged in case of Indiana murders
Lake County, Ind authorities have formally charged a Gary man suspected of murder. 43-year-old Darren Vann was identified as a suspect in at least seven murders and authorities say there could be more. The case against him began to unfold at a Motel 6 off I-80 in Hammond where the body of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy […]
October 20 2014
Alleged serial killer Darren Deon Vann charged in Hammond murder
Townsend, Massachusetts
Darren Deon Vann, 43, told police he was shocked how quickly he was located after the murder of a 19-year-old woman in a Hammond hotel, police said. The alleged serial killer led police to six other bodies in northwest Indiana.
October 20 2014
Suspect Held In 7 Murders In Northwest Indiana
A 43-year-old convicted sex offender was being held in Hammond, Indiana, where at least one of the victims was found Saturday night.
October 20 2014
Third Suspect Charged In Murder Of Retired Chicago Cop
Nicholas Heisler, 20, of Hammond, Ind., was charged with murder and two counts of home invasion in connection with the shooting death of 73-year-old Elmer Brown in Hegewisch, police announced late Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.
October 11 2014
Charges filed in weekend homicide at birthday party
HAMMOND | A 38-year-old man was charged Monday in the shooting death of a Hammond man who was celebrating his birthday, according to court records. 
October 03 2014
Lawyers argue over juror anonymity in gang trial
HAMMOND | A federal judge is expected to decide in the next week or two on whether the identities of jurors in the upcoming trial of an alleged leader in a notorious street gang should be kept secret.
September 26 2014
Most children released after Indiana bus crash
A northwestern Indiana church says only one of 34 students had to be hospitalized after a bus rolled onto its side in southern Indiana. First Baptist Church of Hammond administrative pastor Eddie Lapina
September 18 2014
16-year-old is second person charged in fatal home invasion
A 16-year-old Indiana boy was ordered held without bond Wednesday for his alleged role in the murder of an elderly retired Chicago Police sergeant. While his mother sat next to him, Jeremy Mendez admitted to detectives that he forced himself into 73-year-old Elmer Brown’s home the night of the incident last spring, Cook County prosecutors said. Jesse Kazmierski, of Hammond, Ind., was charged ...
September 17 2014
Chicago man charge with drunk driving in Hammon crash that left Indiana State Police trooper injure
A Chicago man has been charged with drunk driving in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday on Interstate 94 in Hammond that left an Indiana State Police trooper injured. Sgt. Dwayne Dillahunty was taken to Munster Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the state police said. He was outside his police car around 1:30 a.m. Satudday, working traffic enforcement near the Calumet Avenue ...
August 04 2014
Hammond man charged in fatal Lansing shooting
Lansing, illinois
A Northwest Indiana man has been charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago man during a robbery at a south suburban gas station in May. David Snelling, 23, of Hammond, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the death of Myron A. Parker, according to a statement from Lansing, Illinois, police. Parker, 20, was found at the BP Amoco station ...
July 30 2014
Jury selection begins in Hammond deadly shooting
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the murder trial of a man suspected of shooting another man to death two years ago. The 61-year-old suspect is on trial for second-degree murder.
July 22 2014
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