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Judge approves gag order  in fatal cop shooting case

Carl Blount

Carl Blount

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Updated: August 27, 2014 6:09AM



CROWN POINT — Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas on Friday imposed a gag order in the case of accused cop killer Carl Blount, preventing lawyers in the case, law enforcement officials, court personnel and the coroner from releasing any information to the public, aside from what is discussed in open court.

It’s common for a judge to impose a gag order in a high-profile murder case.

Public Defender Robert Varga requested the order on behalf of Blount, 25, who’s charged in the July 6 shooting death of Gary officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

At his arraignment Friday, a not guilty plea was entered for Blount, who had one question for Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan — can the charges against him be enhanced?

“A count may be added that could lead to the death penalty or life without parole, but it hasn’t been yet,” Sullivan told him. “I will tell you that it is a possibility because you are charged with killing a police officer.”

Looking tired, Blount, who is being held without bail, answered Sullivan’s questions clearly until she asked him if he understood that he is charged with murder. His face fell, and he said almost inaudibly, “Yes, ma’am.”

Blount also told Sullivan that he lives in Portage, although charging documents filed Thursday indicated he’s living in Gary.

If convicted, Blount faces from 45 to 65 years in prison. New rules enacted July 1 mean that Blount will get one day credit for every three days served but must serve 75 percent of his sentence if convicted, Sullivan said.

Blount’s next court hearing was set for July 30.

Contributing: Michelle L. Quinn, Ruth Ann Krause



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