Man admits killing his baby daughter without a plea deal
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent September 11, 2012 4:52PM
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:40PM
A Gary man charged with murder in the shooting death of his 18-month-old daughter pleaded guilty Tuesday without a plea agreement.
Cordell Richardson, 24, admitted he fatally shot Eboni Nicole Richardson on Aug. 27, 2009, outside the former Bennigan’s on 5th Avenue in Gary. The probable cause affidavit states that the child’s mother told police that Richardson had taken the toddler and was not going to give her back.
Defense attorney Alex Woloshansky said his client was so distraught that he turned the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt.
Richardson rejected a plea agreement that called for a term of years in prison, a length that Woloshansky would not disclose. In light of Richardson’s rejection of the plea agreement, he faced the likelihood that prosecutors would seek a sentence of life without parole because of the young age of the victim.
In light of those circumstances, Woloshansky said he felt it was in his client’s best interest to “plead blind” in the case. “His family agreed,” Woloshansky said. He faces 45 to 65 years in prison at his Nov. 6 sentencing.
Richardson was evaluated by two mental health professionals and was found incompetent to stand trial in January 2010. He was sent to Logansport State Hospital, where in March he was deemed able to understand the court proceedings and assist in the preparation of his defense.