Gag Order Issued In Gary Cop Slaying Case

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July 28, 2014 — The Associated Press — A Lake County judge issued a gag order in the case against a man suspected of fatally shooting a Gary police officer.

Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas issued the order, at the request of a public defender, that prohibits lawyers and other officials involved from discussing the case against 24-year-old Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr outside of court.

The man who said during his initial court hearing that he lives in Portage is charged with murder in the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.  A magistrate entered a not-guilty plea for Blount on Friday, and warned him that he could face a death sentence if additional charges are filed against him.

Westerfield’s fiancee says she believes the death penalty should be sought.  Blount’s next court hearing is July 30.

In light of the spike in crime in the city of Gary, Mayor Freeman-Wilson called a news conference for Monday morning at City Hall, to share what she calls a “multi-faceted strategy which focuses on enforcement, prevention, education and technology.”

[Blount’s photo courtesy Lake County Sheriff’s Dept.]


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