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Blount Appears In Court

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July 31, 2014 — A 26-year-old Portage man entered a formal not-guilty plea in court Wednesday to murder charges, for the July 6th death of Gary patrolman Jeffery Westerfield.

A shackled Carl Blount, Jr. was flanked by two heavily armed Lake County Sheriff’s officers for his formal appearance in Lake Criminal Court.  A sheriff’s deputy used a metal detector wand to check everyone entering the courtroom and inspected women carrying purses.   Blunt’s court-appointed public defender asked and received a protective order for his client, because of concern for his life while in jail.

Blount will appear next in court for an omnibus hearing on Sept. 17th.

The “Times” reports that police have been holding Carl Blount, Jr. and his half-brother, Dontae, in custody on unrelated criminal charges since shortly after the homicide.  Court records state that Dontae Blount told police he saw his half-brother running from the crime scene seconds after the shooting, holding a .40-caliber Walther handgun police believe was the murder weapon.  Dontae said he gave Carl Blount the weapon, which was stolen from a car in Indianapolis last fall.

 

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