CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge affirmed a trial date later this month for a 22-year-old Gary man accused of attempted murder in a woman's shooting in Gary.

Devonte D. Hodge appeared Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney Derla Gross, who told Judge Clarence Murray she was scheduling depositions and awaiting evidence from the state.

The judge affirmed a trial date for Oct. 30.

Hodge is accused of shooting the woman Dec. 8 after a meeting in the 400 block of Matthews Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A witness told police he drove with the woman to meet “D,” whom he identified in a photo lineup as Hodge, and got into a confrontation with Hodge's cousin, Andrew Ford, the affidavit states.

He said Ford shot him in the leg, and he returned fire, killing the 24-year-old Gary man, according to the affidavit.

Police found Ford dead and the woman suffering from six gunshot wounds, the affidavit states. The woman was transported to an Illinois hospital, where she identified her shooter as Hodge.

Hodge has twice previously been charged with murder in unrelated shootings, but the cases were dismissed after one witness turned up dead and a second witness recanted.

A Gary police detective testified at a bond hearing earlier this year Hodge was a suspect in four murders, including the state witness' homicide.

Hodge is jailed on a $500,000 bond, according to court records.

He is also charged with aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon in the woman's shooting. 

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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.