Calumet Township man admits to killing man with pickax
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent September 5, 2012 4:24PM
Updated: October 7, 2012 7:59AM
A Calumet Township man charged with murder pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter in a pickax killing of an uninvited house guest who stole and sold a shotgun that belonged to the defendant.
Calvin J. Peacock, 32, faces a 33-year prison sentence in the October 2009 death of Kevin Sperry, which Peacock said occurred during “sudden heat” following an argument over a shotgun that had sentimental value to Peacock.
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez took the plea agreement under advisement and scheduled an Oct. 3 sentencing hearing.
Sometime in October 2009, Sperry was an unannounced house guest at Peacock’s home at 3983 Calhoun St., outside Gary city limits. Prior to that time, Sperry had stolen and sold a shotgun belonging to Peacock, which had been given to him by Peacock’s grandfather. Sperry was found sleeping on the couch at Peacock’s home in the early morning after entering sometime during the night without anyone’s permission. When Peacock found him there, an argument ensued between the two men.
During the argument, Peacock struck Sperry with a pickax in the head. The single blow penetrated Sperry’s skull, killing him, according to deputy prosecutor David Urbanski, who negotiated the plea agreement with Peacock’s attorney, Alex Woloshansky.
In April, Indiana State Police received a tip that a man’s body was buried in the backyard of the residence for an unknown length of time. University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologist Stephen Nawrocki and a team were called to the site to gather evidence.
Peacock faced 45 go 65 years on the murder charge, which was filed April 28. That charge will be dismissed if Vasquez accepts the plea agreement.