Judge issues gag order in Gary police killing case

An ambulance takes away one of the suspects in the shooting death of veteran Gary Police officer Jeff Westerfield in Gary, Ind., Sunday, July 6, 2014. The officer was found dead in his car Sunday morning. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins)
An ambulance takes away one of the suspects in the shooting death of veteran Gary Police officer Jeff Westerfield in Gary, Ind., Sunday, July 6, 2014. The officer was found dead in his car Sunday morning. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana judge has issued a gag order in the case against a man suspected of fatally shooting a Gary police officer.

The order imposed Friday by Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas prohibits lawyers and other officials involved from discussing outside of court the case against 24-year-old Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary.

Blount is charged with murder in the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

The Post-Tribune reports that Blount’s public defender requested the gag order.

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.

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