Bail set in 1980 death of Indiana police officer

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Bail has been set for a northwest Indiana man charged in the 1980 death of a police officer killed while working a side security job.

James Hill of Gary has pleaded not guilty. The Post-Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2ggmevY) bail was set at $50,000. In 2012, Hill and two others were charged in Hammond officer Larry Pucalik’s death, but the charges were dismissed. Hill was charged again in September.

Hill’s sister-in-law Moniqueka Hardaway questions the timing. Hill filed a civil case against Hammond after DNA evidence cleared him of a 1980 robbery and rape case. Hill spent over a decade behind bars and was cleared in 2009.

Another man charged in the case won a $4.5 million wrongful conviction settlement, but Hill’s suit is pending.

Hill is due in court next month.

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