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CROWN POINT — Two men are charged in the murder last month of Danny Leake in Gary's Glen Park section.

Michael Brown, 42, and Hillard Hathaway, 46, both of Merrillville, were each charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with murder on allegations they fatally shot Leake, 44, near 1400 E. 49th Ave. in Gary, according to court documents.

Hathaway is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting.

Hathaway is in police custody, according to a spokesman from the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Brown is wanted by police on a warrant.

Police found Leake unresponsive in a pool of blood about 1:33 a.m. Jan. 25, documents state. A cellphone, keys and several shell casings were found about 15 feet from his body.

The property's owner arrived at the scene and provided detectives information about a witness to the shooting, documents state.

The witness told police he and Leake were towing a vehicle the night of Jan. 25 when they noticed a burgundy SUV and a black pickup truck were parked outside the empty lot.

The witness said he and Leake spoke with “Mike” and “Hilton,” who said they were there removing batteries from vehicles.

The men were not supposed to be on the property, the witness said, and left the lot with several batteries.

The witness said the men returned to the yard armed with handguns, documents state, and “Hilton” twice shot at him, but he was able to flee behind a disabled vehicle.

The witness said he watched Hilton and Mike shoot Leake. The witness identified the shooters as Brown and Hathaway in a photo lineup.

The witness called police Feb. 7 after he saw Hathaway at an auto parts store near 61st Avenue and Broadway in Merrillville, documents state.

Hathaway was taken into custody and interviewed. He told police he could not remember where he was on Jan. 25.

He admitted he did at some point remove a battery from his truck, which was parked at 1400 E. 49th Ave., but denied he shot Leake. He said he lost his cell phone and keys while he was at the yard.

Hathaway and Brown are not afforded bail on the charges, documents state.


Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.