CROWN POINT — A defendant freed from jail in late 2017 while awaiting trial in a murder case was charged Friday in connection with new allegations he shot a woman during a robbery, attempted to shoot her son and fired about 10 shots through a window into a room occupied by another woman and a 6-year-old child.
William D. Galloway, 26, of Gary, also was expected to be charged with escape after police found he cut off an ankle monitor he was required to wear as a condition of his pretrial release in the 2016 murder case, Gary police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.
Galloway was wanted Friday on an arrest warrant for four counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery, one count of aggravated battery and three counts of criminal recklessness, Lake Criminal Court records showed.
A 23-year-old man told police he answered a knock at his front door about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday to find Galloway, who appeared intoxicated and announced a robbery, Hamady said.
The man told police Galloway forced his way inside and pulled out a gun as they fought. The man's 48-year-old mother was sleeping on a couch, and Galloway shot her multiple times as she got up, Hamady said.
The woman told police Galloway shot at her son but missed, then left the house.
Galloway fired about 10 shots through a window of the home into a room occupied by a woman and a 6-year-old child, police said. The woman and child were not wounded.
Medics took the mother of the 23-year-old to a local hospital, and police began a search for Galloway. Officers found he had cut off an ankle monitor and left it hanging inside his residence, Hamady said.
Anyone with information about Galloway's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Gary police Sgt. Gregory Wolf at 219-881-1210.
Galloway is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 28 on charges alleging he murdered Jonquell Golida, 23, of Gary, and wounded a then-23-year-old man in a shooting Nov. 12, 2016, after an argument during a gas station at 49th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell ordered Galloway released from jail in December 2017 to await trial on house arrest with GPS monitoring.
The judge granted defense attorney Jamise Perkins' motion to release Galloway after his trial was delayed for the third time because of a late discovery filing by the Lake County prosecutor's office.
Galloway's trial has been delayed four more times since his release from jail in December 2017, online court records show.
If he is not taken into custody before his October trial, he could be tried in his absence. In earlier stages of the case, a judge denied Galloway's petition for bail after finding the evidence against him was strong.
A co-defendant, Nicholas A. Pelissier, 21, was sentenced in February 2018 to 85 years in prison for murder and attempted murder.
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