Criminal Justice

Vann Is Silent At Initial Court Hearing

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October 22, 2014 — CROWN POINT (AP) — A Lake County court magistrate rescheduled a hearing for the 43-year-old Gary man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women, after he refused to respond to her questions during his initial court appearance.

Darren Vann was silent during this morning’s hearing at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point when Judge Kathleen Sullivan asked him if he would swear to tell the truth.   Sullivan warned Vann he could be held in contempt, but he still declined to speak.  Vann’s public defender walked up to him and put his hand on Vann’s shoulder, encouraging him to speak, but he wouldn’t.

Sullivan told Vann he would spend “the rest of his life” in jail until the initial hearing could take place and she said she’d reschedule it for October 29th.

The magistrate also issued a gag order prohibiting anyone involved in the case from speaking to media and ordered investigators not to communicate with Vann unless he initiates it … and with his public defender present.

Vann is formally charged in connection with Friday’s strangulation death of Afrikka Hardy at the Motel 6 in Hammond… but he led police to several other victims.  Seven bodies have so far been found.

[Darren Deon Vann photo courtesy Lake County Sheriff’s Dept.]

 

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