CROWN POINT | Two men have been charged in connection with this month's fatal stabbing of Leviticus and Toshiba Dupree, of Gary.
Anthony Wilson, 46, who had stopped with a church group Friday afternoon at a Portage Township Subway restaurant, was taken into custody by Porter County police as a suspect in the Gary double homicide.
Wilson and Mark Williams, 44, are accused of killing the couple. He and Wilson are each charged with four counts of murder, two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and auto theft.
Wilson attempted to flee the group when he overheard a telephone call concerning police, according to the county police report.
The pastor of the Good Samaritan Mission in Gary was contacted by Gary police about Wilson, who had been staying with the group, police said. Arrangements were made for police to stop the church van as it returned to Gary.
When the pastor called the van driver to inform him of the plan, Wilson reportedly overheard it on the phone speaker and fled the group, police said. The pastor reportedly told the driver no more than that police would be contacting him about a situation.
Porter County police found Wilson jogging northbound on Ind. 149 and talking on a cellphone in the area of County Road 875 North. He reportedly surrendered without incident.
Police were called about 2 p.m. Nov. 1 to the Duprees' home in the 2500 block of Delaware Street, where they were found stabbed multiple times. Two knives were found near the legs of Toshiba Dupree.
The couple's car was found four days later abandoned in the 1200 block of W. 15th Avenue in Gary. Protruding from beneath the hood of the car was a large kitchen knife, court documents state.
According to a probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday, Williams last week told police the Duprees were killed by Wilson when the men went to the home about 1 a.m. to ask Leviticus Dupree, identified as an uncle of Williams, for money. Williams allegedly admitted to stabbing Toshiba Dupree several times at Wilson's direction.
Wilson denied the accusation, telling police Williams attacked and killed the couple after being refused the money and having some drinks, the affidavit states.
The men then got into the Duprees' Buick and left for a housing project looking for drugs, according to the affidavit.