Teen second person charged in shooting death of Gary man
Post-Tribune staff report May 2, 2013 4:54PM
Jacqueline Kennedy. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:33AM
GARY — An 18-year-old Aetna woman surrendered to police Wednesday, initially saying she alone shot and killed a mentally handicapped man Dec. 17.
But based on officers who were at the scene moments after the gunfire and other evidence, police believe both Jacqueline Kennedy and Anthony Hood, 18, of Portage, are responsible for the death of Richard Taylor, 25. Hood was charged April 22 with murder and murder in perpetration of a robbery. Kennedy, of 1103 Gibson Place, was charged Thursday with the same two counts.
In some versions of her account of the shooting, Kennedy says she was alone. Other times she stated she was with someone, but would not give police a name, the probable cause affidavit states.
But eventually she told Detective Cpl. James Nielsen, “that she does everything with Anthony Hood.” She also told Nielsen she used a handgun she kept hidden in a vacant house and planned to commit a robbery because Dec. 18 was her birthday and she didn’t have any money, the affidavit states.
Taylor was beaten and shot as he returned from a gas station on U.S. 20 west of Clay Street. He did not have any money with him, and would sometimes ask customers for cash to buy cigarettes.
Nielsen interviewed Kennedy in February, when she said that Hood and “Lavonte” shot Taylor, but on Wednesday, she admitted she had a gun and was with Hood when he stole a gun, then later sold it. She also said there was no “Lavonte,” and she had made up the name.
Kennedy’s statement about the types of weapons used and other details of the crime match evidence collected by police, the affidavit states.
Kennedy is being held at Lake County Jail without bail.