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CROWN POINT — A man charged with shooting a car mechanic and then attempting to kill a witness was granted a bond, a defense attorney said Thursday.

Defense attorney Scott King told Judge Diane Boswell on Thursday that Alexander Wilderness III was granted a $50,000 surety bond with a GPS monitoring requirement on his pending murder case.

Wilderness, 38, is jailed on allegations he killed Joseph Martin, 40, of Portage, on July 3 at a mechanic's garage in the 2400 block of Ripley Street in Lake Station, according to court documents.

Another garage employee identified Wilderness as the shooter, documents state. Three days later that employee was found shot repeatedly near a road in the 4600 block of Connecticut Street in Gary.

The witness survived the attack, and identified Wilderness as his shooter, documents state. Wilderness was charged with attempted murder in that shooting.

Wilderness was initially jailed without bond on the murder charge, but he petitioned the court asking for a bond. The state agreed Dec. 6 to the $50,000 bond with GPS monitoring, according to court records.

Wilderness is also jailed on a $50,000 bond in the attempted murder case.

King requested Thursday that Boswell allow Wilderness to be released on a single $50,000 bond, rather than posting two $50,000 bonds in the separate murder and attempted murder cases.

Boswell scheduled a bond hearing Feb. 22.


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.