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CROWN POINT — Police allege taunting phone messages preceded a fatal shooting Saturday in Cedar Creek Township. 

Charles E. Bayne, 21, of Lowell, is charged in Lake Criminal Court with murder on allegations he fatally shot 27-year-old Cody Klotz outside a residence in the 17000 block of Mount Street.

Lake County police were dispatched at about 2:39 a.m. Saturday to the residence after receiving reports Klotz was killed, a Sheriff's Department spokesman previously said.

Klotz was found at the scene dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to a probable cause affidavit. Bayne was taken into custody by police, and two other people — Bayne's girlfriend and Klotz's friend — were interviewed about the killing.

The girlfriend told a detective she and Klotz were previously engaged to be married, but the engagement was canceled in May, the affidavit states.

She said she then began dating Bayne, but Klotz continued to send them harassing phone messages, according to the affidvait.

She said she and Bayne were in bed at about 1 a.m. Saturday when Bayne received a message from Klotz on the phone messaging app Snapchat, the affidavit states.

She said the two men exchanged words before Klotz sent a message stating he was headed to Bayne's home to fight, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend said Bayne and Klotz met outside the home and Bayne told Klotz he had a gun, the affidavit states. She said Klotz grabbed Bayne's legs and Bayne responded by firing a single shot at Klotz.

Bayne was interviewed by police and provided a similar account of the shooting, the affidavit states.

Klotz's friend told police he drove Klotz to Bayne's home.


Bayne is jailed without bond.

Klotz was a 2008 graduate of Lowell High School, according to his obituary.

*This story has been corrected and updated to delete incorrect information provided by the Lake County Clerk's Office. Bayne does not have a prior criminal record. 


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.