Court hearing set for Gary man linked to 7 deaths

Darren Vann, pictured in a previous mug shot from a crime in Texas. (Provided Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A Gary man who police say confessed to killing one woman, helped investigators find six other bodies and indicated there may be more is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office says 43-year-old Darren Vann is scheduled to have his initial appearance 9 a.m. Wednesday at the county jail in Crown Point.

Vann is charged in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found Friday at a motel in Hammond. He also was charged with murder in commission of a robbery and robbery causing great bodily injury.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday that police there were still gathering evidence in the deaths of the women found in Gary and criminal charges are expected this week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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