Gary man back in court after mistrial on murder charge

2014-04-14T20:00:00Z 2014-04-14T23:25:06Z Gary man back in court after mistrial on murder chargeLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
April 14, 2014 8:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Nearly six weeks after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial on murder charges, Ahkeem Shakur Scott-Manna was back in court Monday for a status hearing and to request release on house detention.

The 19-year-old Gary resident is charged with murder in the beating death of his 60-year-old neighbor, Dorothy J. Griffin, in her apartment in the 1900 block of Fifth Avenue.

According to court documents, Griffin told Gary police she let Scott-Manna into her apartment Dec. 7, 2012, because she knew him. He frequently had walked her dog, a Siberian husky named Grip.

A probable cause affidavit states Scott-Manna attacked Griffin, pushing her into a bedroom where he struck her in the face repeatedly with a closed fist. He allegedly jumped out her bedroom window when police arrived in response to 911 calls and was arrested 20 minutes later by Gary police.

Griffin identified Scott-Manna to emergency responders before being taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville for treatment of her injuries.

She died three days later on Dec. 10, after being put on a ventilator.

After more than five hours of deliberation March 4, a jury could not come to a verdict in Scott-Manna’s murder trial.

During Monday’s court session, Public Defender John Maksimovich told Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell he and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michael Toth were “hurriedly working toward a disposition” in this case. Boswell slated May 19 as the date for either that nontrial disposition or the setting of a new trial date.

Scott-Manna continues to be held without bond in Lake County Jail. Boswell denied the defendant’s request for release on house detention. She cited the serious nature of the charges in denying that request.

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