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Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the 40-year prison term issued to Timothy Tkachik, the Hobart man who admitted assisting in the brutal 2009 murder of 2-year-old Jada Justice.

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Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik spent most of Tuesday describing the lifestyle he and his then-girlfriend, Engelica Castillo, were living in 2009 when they killed 2-year-old Jada Justice.

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FBI agent: Swiontek was suspicious of cousin's boyfriend

CROWN POINT | Retired FBI agent Theodore May opened the trial against 31-year-old Melissa Swiontek on Monday, testifying Swiontek admitted early in the investigation knowing her daughter's babysitters used marijuana.

June 24, 2013 6:45 pm
Life sentence tossed for Jada Justice killer, Supreme Court sets 65-year term

Life sentence tossed for Jada Justice killer, Supreme Court sets 65-year term

INDIANAPOLIS | Engelica Castillo was ordered to serve 65 years in prison instead of life for murdering her 2-year-old cousin, Jada Justice. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Castillo's original sentence of life without the possibility of parole was inappropriate.

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Neglect trial for Jada Justice's mother scheduled for Feb. 25

CROWN POINT | The mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice is expected to go to trial Feb. 25.

May 23, 2012 7:15 pm
DCS: Slain toddler's mother neglected her disabled child in 2000

DCS: Slain toddler's mother neglected her disabled child in 2000

A region woman who one relative described as a "great mother" has twice been accused of neglecting her children, one of whom died in a high-profile homicide case, state records obtained by The Times show.

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Heroin suspect linked to Jada Justice case given probation

HAMMOND | A woman arrested with the two suspects in the killing of Portage 2-year-old Jada Justice was sentenced on federal heroin charges Thursday, court records state.

December 15, 2011 8:35 pm
Jada Justice killer seeks reduced sentence

Jada Justice killer seeks reduced sentence

INDIANAPOLIS | It was wrong to sentence Engelica Castillo to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her 2-year-old cousin, Jada Justice, because Castillo's co-defendant likely will receive a much shorter prison term.

October 31, 2011 7:05 pm

Tkachik sentencing delayed again as prosecutors investigate another possible suspect in Jada Justice killing

CROWN POINT | Sentencing for Timothy Tkachik, co-defendant in the 2009 slaying of Portage toddler Jada Justice, has been continued to Jan. 21 because prosecutors are looking at another possible suspect in the case.

December 03, 2010 12:00 am
Tkachik: He, Castillo left Jada dead in car during drug buy

Tkachik: He, Castillo left Jada dead in car during drug buy

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik took the stand Thursday in the trial of his ex-girlfriend, Engelica Castillo, who faces a possible sentence of life without parole if convicted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old cousin, Jada Justice.

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Jury selection begins in Jada Justice murder trial

CROWN POINT | Jury selection is set to begin this morning in the murder trial of a woman accused of killing her cousin, 2-year-old Jada Justice.

August 02, 2010 8:47 am
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