Portage woman's murder-for-hire trial set for May 6

2013-04-08T18:00:00Z 2013-04-08T20:28:06Z Portage woman's murder-for-hire trial set for May 6Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | One of two trials stemming from the November shooting death of a Portage man was confirmed Monday for May 6.

But the opportunity for Sheaurice Major's defense attorney to strike some sort of agreement with prosecutors was left open until the end of the work day Wednesday.

Merrillville defense attorney Thomas Vanes was in court representing 42-year-old Major, of Portage.

Police allege Major hired 21-year-old Dontaye Singletary, of Gary, to kill 72-year-old Carl Griffith Sr. outside his Portage home Nov. 1.

Griffith was shot three times about 8 p.m., shortly after returning from work to his home in the 2700 block of Locust Street, police said. Police would not comment on the motive for the crime.

Singletary and Major each are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The murder charge carries a potential sentence of 45 to 65 years behind bars, and the conspiracy count has a maximum prison sentence of 20 to 50 years.

In December, a woman considered to be a witness in the cases against Major and Singletary was killed.

Antoinetta Johnson, 34, of Hammond, was shot to death in her beauty salon in Gary. Johnson was the link between Singletary and Major, police said.

No arrests have been made in Johnson's slaying.

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