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Gary man accused of helping girlfriend hide evidence of mother's murder wanted by police on new charges

Gary man accused of helping girlfriend hide evidence of mother's murder wanted by police on new charges


CROWN POINT — An 18-year-old Gary man awaiting trial on allegations he helped his 16-year-old girlfriend hide evidence of her mother's murder is wanted by police on new felony charges.

Virgil L. King was released from Lake County Jail on court-ordered electronic monitoring March 15 while awaiting trial on charges of assisting a criminal and auto theft, both felonies. King is accused of helping to conceal or destroy evidence related to the murder of 34-year-old Jamie M. Garnett, who was found stabbed to death Feb. 13, 2017, at her home in the 4400 block of West 23rd Place in Gary.

Chastinea Reeves, the woman's daughter and King's girlfriend, is charged with her mother's murder.

Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak said Tuesday King escaped from electronic monitoring and faces new charges in a family altercation July 7 in the Dorie Miller Housing Complex in Gary.

Authorities allege King struck a family member multiple times in the face with his fist and then struck him with an unknown object, causing him to black out. The victim was transported to a local hospital for stitches near his right eye and a possible torn cornea.

King was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with three felony counts of battery, court records state. He also faces charges on allegations he escaped home detention.

Anyone with information regarding King's whereabouts or the family altercation can contact Gary Police Sgt. William Fazekas at 219-881-1210 or the crime tip line at 866-CRIME-GP.

King is not afforded bond on the new charges, records state.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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