Sister of slain Gary teen may testify at parents' bail hearing

2011-10-14T20:15:00Z Sister of slain Gary teen may testify at parents' bail hearingBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
October 14, 2011 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The sister of slain Gary teen Christian Choate might testify at Monday's bail hearing for the siblings' father and stepmother.

Riley Choate, 39, and his estranged wife, Kimberly Kubina, 46, are charged with murder and other offenses in the death of the 13-year-old, whose body was found in May buried in a Gary mobile home park. They are seeking to be freed on bond as they await trial, scheduled for May 14.

Testimony by Christina Choate, 17, has been vigorously pursued by Riley Choate's Hammond attorney, Randy Godshalk. In the past, possible testimony by the teenager has been strenuously rebuffed by her Merrillville attorney, Scott King.

An unusually strong gag order issued by Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell limits access to information on the case to court proceedings. Yet sources indicated Christina Choate is expected to testify. 

And Friday evening, court records showed prosecutors filed a motion that immunity be granted to an unidentified person widely expected to be Christina Choate. If granted, the immunity would not allow her testimony to be held against her. 

The bail hearing, set for 1:15 p.m. Monday, is the second of at least three expected to be held before Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan.

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