CROWN POINT | The fourth of six defendants charged in connection with a fight in an East Chicago parking lot that left one man dead pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice.
Chauncey Hackett, 21, of East Chicago, is one of five men initially charged with multiple crimes, including murder, in connection with the death of 29-year-old Daviantae Dunham last year.
Dunham was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street.
Witnesses told police a group of men jumped, stomped and kicked Dunham before he was shot.
In a plea deal submitted to the court Wednesday, Hackett admitted to being in the parking lot when a fight broke out between two groups of men, resulting in Dunham falling unconscious to the ground where he continued to be struck.
According to plea documents, three of the men in Hackett's group left the parking lot before co-defendant Quinton Webb, 27, of East Chicago, came back to the parking lot and ordered Hackett to leave the area. Hackett later saw Webb shoot Dunham.
Plea documents also state Hackett admitted to initially misleading police by saying he left the fight and didn't see the shooting because he wanted to avoid being a "snitch."
Webb was charged with murder in the case May 2.
Court records state Webb denied being present during the fight and shooting Dunham, instead naming two other co-defendants as those "who got the dude."
The same day Webb was charged, three co-defendants pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness and admitted striking Dunham during the fight.
Nathan Kincaid, 30; Cameo Samuels, 30; and Fabian Villagomez, 29, all of East Chicago, each face a maximum prison term of three years at sentencing, as does Hackett.
Samuels also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. His sentence on the drug charge is to be capped at six years and served consecutively to his criminal recklessness sentence.
Court records indicate another man originally charged, 29-year-old Uther Kincaid, of Gary, continues to face charges of murder, aggravated battery and three counts of battery in connection with the case.