Criminal Justice

Vann Pleads Not-Guilty To Murder Charges

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October 29, 2014 — Suspected serial killer Darren Vann appeared in Lake County Superior Court for about five minutes Wednesday morning and politely answered a judge’s questions.

His attitude was not the defiant one he showed last week, when he stood in court stone-faced and silent.  The 43-year-old Vann entered a plea of not-guilty to murder and other charges against him, for the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy of Gary and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville.  He later led police to other womens’ bodies left in abandoned houses in Gary.

Vann was threatened last week by a court magistrate with being in contempt of court if he didn’t cooperate today.  His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9th.

Vann faces between 45 to 65 years on each of the murder cases, or the possibility of life without parole or a death sentence.

[Mug shot of Vann, courtesy Lake County Sheriff’s Dept.]


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