Man charged in beating death of Gary woman
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent December 13, 2012 4:40PM
Updated: January 15, 2013 11:36AM
A Gary teen has been charged in Lake Superior Court with murder in the beating death of a 60-year-old woman.
Akheem Shakur Scott-Manna, who was arrested about 20 minutes after police were called in connection with the assault on Dec. 7, admitted he struck the woman. “Yeah, I hit that (expletive). I busted her in the face. I told her I wasn’t going to let them kill me, Yeah, I hit her,” the probable cause affidavit filed by Gary police Detective Roberto Figueroa Jr. states. Scott-Manna made the admission while he was sitting in the back seat of a police car.
When Patrolman Laria Crews arrived to the victim’s residence in the 1900 block of West 5th Avenue, she found Dorothy J. Griffin holding her head and left eye.
Griffin told police a male she called “Twin” came to her residence as he does every morning to walk her dog. On that day, however, he told Griffin he couldn’t let her turn him in, pushed her into her bedroom, held her down on the bed and began punching her repeatedly in the face. When Scott-Manna temporarily stopped beating the woman, she managed to call 911. After making the call, Scott-Manna resumed the attack and didn’t stop until police arrived. Scott-Manna fled through the woman’s bedroom window, but was located with the assistance of several citizens. Officers brought Scott-Manna to the scene, where Griffin identified him as the assailant.
Griffin as taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, where she died Monday after being on a ventilator for a couple days. The cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma.