CROWN POINT | Prosecutors on Tuesday charged an East Chicago man with murder, accusing him of the April slaying of Alex Lenore.
The defendant, James Taylor, 24, also was charged with battery for allegedly striking and firing shots at a friend of Lenore's just days before Lenore was killed.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, Lenore was found shot twice about 8:33 p.m. April 24 in the 4900 block of Baring Avenue in East Chicago.
A police officer on a traffic stop near the area heard gunshots, finding Lenore with shots to the head and chest. Lenore died of his wounds April 25, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Witnesses told police shots had been fired at a friend of Lenore's two days earlier from the direction of Kosciusko Park at 151st Street and Indianapolis Boulevard.
Lenore is alleged to have told a witness he had been threatened in connection with buying marijuana from the friend to sell it.
Taylor is alleged to have admitted he shot Lenore over an incident that left him unable to trust Lenore.
Witnesses later identified Taylor as the man seen running from the alley in which Lenore had been fatally shot, according to the affidavit.