Criminal Justice

Charges Filed In 2010 Gary Crime Spree

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Six people are accused of taking part in an August 20-10 social club break-in on Johnson Street in Gary that ended in the deaths of two men and netted the thieves very little cash.

Gary Police say 61-year-old former South Carolina police officer Franklin Simmons, owned the club where he was found shot to death in the basement.  A 41-year-old Gary man, Kevin Champion, was shot to death as he sat in his vehicle parked outside his family-owned liquor store at 17th and Grant.  Police say he was a secondary target.

Detectives submitted their paperwork to Lake County Superior Court yesterday afternoon.  All six people are charged with murder, murder in perpetration of a robbery, robbery, burglary and attempted burglary.  All but two are in custody.


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