Suspect in 7 Indiana slayings due back in court

This undated photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's office shows Darren Vann. Vann, 43, of Gary, Ind.(AP Photo/Lake County Sheriff's Office)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man charged in the deaths of two women and accused in five other slayings is due back in court one week after he refused to even acknowledge his name to a judge.

Spokeswoman Cloe Lay of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that Darren Vann is scheduled to appear before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 to face murder charges and other counts in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, of Gary, and 35-year-old Anith Jones, of Merrillville.

Hardy’s body was found Friday in a Hammond motel. Jones’ body was found Saturday in an abandoned house in Gary.

Vann refused to speak during an initial hearing in the Hardy case Wednesday. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivan cited him for contempt.

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