CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana judge has issued a gag order in the case against a man suspected of fatally shooting a Gary police officer.
The order imposed Friday by Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas prohibits lawyers and other officials involved from discussing outside of court the case against 24-year-old Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary.
Blount is charged with murder in the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.
The Post-Tribune reports that Blount’s public defender requested the gag order.
A magistrate entered a not guilty plea for Blount on Friday and warned him that he could face a death sentence if additional charges are filed against him.
Westerfield’s fiancee says she believes the death penalty should be sought.
Blount’s next court hearing is July 30.