LaPorte man charged in homicide

2011-11-07T19:00:00Z 2011-11-08T10:15:33Z LaPorte man charged in homicideBy Stan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 07, 2011 7:00 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A LaPorte man was charged with murder Monday in the death of another LaPorte resident whom police say was shot by a person in a Halloween mask.

Brent Krueger, 24, was taken into custody Friday afternoon at his workplace, LaPorte Police Chief of Detectives Adam Klimczak said.

Evidence obtained from a police investigation into the Oct. 30 homicide was heard Monday by LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos during a late afternoon probable cause hearing.

Alevizos ruled the evidence was sufficient to order Krueger to stand trial on the allegations.

Klimczak said investigators worked practically around the clock every day since the shooting.

James Greve, 46, was fatally shot outside an apartment house where he lived in the 1100 block of Indiana Avenue.

Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like two shotgun blasts.

The court ordered specific evidence from the investigation sealed until after a hearing Wednesday for Krueger.

Police had said a mask like the one worn by the lead character in the movie "Scream" was worn by the gunman, who also carried a 12-gauge shotgun.

A motive was not disclosed.

Krueger in August 2010 pleaded guilty to burglary after four units were broken into at Waterford Storage, 6752 W. Johnson Road.

He agreed to a five-year prison sentence but the plea never went through and the case, after many delays, was rescheduled for trial June 4.

"He's somebody that we're familiar with," said LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives John Boyd, who would not elaborate on Krueger's criminal history.

Greve was released from prison in 2010 after serving a 10-year sentence out of Allen County for armed robbery, according to the Indiana Department of Correction website.

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