CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge approved Wednesday a state's motion seeking DNA evidence from the 17-year-old boy charged with assisting in the murder of Jamie M. Garnett.

Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Koonce told Judge Diane Boswell at the court hearing the state needed a mouth swab from Virgil L. King to compare his DNA against samples recovered from the crime scene, as well as the alleged murder weapon and Garnett's vehicle.

Defense attorney Thomas S. Mullins argued the request was premature and the state should obtain a search warrant before getting his client's DNA.

Judge Diane Boswell approved the state's motion and ordered King to submit to a mouth swab within 10 days of the court hearing.

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King is charged in Lake Criminal Court with assisting a criminal and auto theft on allegations he helped conceal or destroy evidence related to Garnett's murder Feb. 13 at her residence in the 4400 block of West 23rd Place in Gary.

Chastinea Reeves — the 16-year-old daughter of Garnett — is charged with murder in the woman's death.

A 16-year-old is also charged with assisting a criminal and auto theft in the woman's death.

King is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 6.

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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.