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Chastinea Reeves

CROWN POINT — A judge dismissed a motion Thursday to suppress evidence in a case against a Gary 17-year-old accused of stabbing her mother to death.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Pro Tempore Kathleen Sullivan also canceled a hearing set for Friday on 17-year-old Chastinea Reeves' motion.

Reeves is charged with murder in the stabbing death of her mother, Jamie M. Garnett, 34, on Feb. 13, 2017, in her home in the 4400 block of West 23rd Place in Gary.

John Cantrell, Reeves' court-appointed attorney, last month filed the motion seeking to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of an Amber Alert issued for Reeves the day her mother was killed.

Cantrell said police knew when the alert was issued that Reeves had not been abducted and accused them of fraudulently using the system to "generate information regarding a fugitive of the law." 

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Deputy Lake County Prosecutor Maureen Koonce asked the court to dismiss the motion because it failed to specify any evidence seized, observations made or statements taken as a result of the alert.

Police did not violate any laws or Reeves' rights in issuing the alert, nor was there any "derivative evidence to suppress," Koonce wrote.

Reeves is scheduled to stand trial June 3.

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