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Judge schedules jury trial for man charged in woman's violent sexual assault at Gary home
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Judge schedules jury trial for man charged in woman's violent sexual assault at Gary home

CROWN POINT — A trial date has been scheduled for a 23-year-old man charged in the violent sexual assault of a woman at a Gary home.

Bobby L. Quinn Jr. appeared in Lake Criminal Court Tuesday with defense attorney Roseann Ivanovich.

Ivanovich told Judge Salvador Vasquez she was waiting for the Lake County Prosecutor's Office to provide DNA results from a buccal swab taken from Quinn in March.

“It will go a long way toward resolving (the case),” Ivanovich said.

The buccal swab was taken to compare with DNA recovered during the investigation of the woman's Dec. 8 sexual assault at a home in the 3300 block of Wheatley Terrace.

The woman told police Quinn assaulted her for several minutes at the home before she was able to escape his grasp and flee to a nearby home, where she called police, court documents state. The woman said Quinn sent her threatening messages after she reported the assault.

Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Malher said Tuesday Gary police delayed in sending DNA evidence to the Indiana State Police crime laboratory. He said a detective sent the sample about two weeks ago, but it could take a month until his office receives the results.

Vasquez, noting Quinn was jailed on a $10,000 cash bond in the case, said he would schedule a jury trial for Oct. 22. He scheduled a pretrial conference for Sept. 12, by which time he hoped the parties would have the DNA results.

Quinn is charged in three other criminal cases filed before the alleged sexual assault, records state. Malher told the judge he hoped to reach a plea agreement that would resolve those cases, too.

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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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