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MICHIGAN CITY — A 45-year-old Michigan City man has been charged with seven felony counts, including murder, in connection with the death of a used car lot owner.

Michigan City police arrested David Morris on Friday in the 100 block of West 2nd Street in Michigan City.

The arrest is in connection with the murder of Hufracio Arteaga, 65, at 11 a.m. April 23 at Easy Drive Auto, 117 W. 11th St. Police said Arteaga was found inside his business by a co-owner of the property. 

Morris was charged with murder, felony murder, two counts of Level 4 burglary, two felony counts of auto theft and one count of aiding, inducing and causing fraud, a Level 6 felony.

There is no bond.

Michigan City police said officers worked tirelessly to interview witnesses and gather evidence following the murder. They said two vehicles had been removed from the lot, and both have been recovered.

Police said probable cause was found to formally charge Morris on Friday.

Anyone with more information in reference to this case is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Francisco Rodriguez at (219) 874-3221, ext. 343.


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