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LAKE STATION — Police plan to seek a murder charge against a 23-year-old man following the death Tuesday of a 24-year-old the defendant is accused of stabbing multiple times.

Allen M. Orange, 23, of Lake Station, was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with attempted murder and three counts of felony battery.

His friend, Marchon Moss, 24, of Merrillville, was pronounced dead about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Lake Station police Capt. Brian Williams said Wednesday he planned to work with the Lake County prosecutor's office to amend the charge against Orange to murder.

Lake Station police were dispatched at 3 a.m. Dec. 14 to a home in the 2500 block of Riverside Drive after receiving reports of a stabbing, according to court records.

The first officers to arrive on scene encountered a man armed with a BB gun that resembled a rifle, according to a probable cause affidavit. The man dropped the gun as directed and pointed inside, saying, "He's in there."

The man later told police he grabbed the BB gun and followed Orange outside, but Orange fled.

Police found a blood-covered Moss seated on a couch, the records state. He was taken to Methodist Northlake with stab wounds to the stomach, neck and shoulder.

Residents of the home told police Orange attacked Moss after an argument inside and that Orange threw the weapon under a Christmas tree, a probable cause affidavit states.

Police found a 12.75-inch-long blood-stained serrated kitchen knife under the tree, according to court records.

Police spoke with Moss at the hospital, and he initially said Orange was his "brother" and he didn't want to "snitch." He later told police he couldn't believe Orange had tried to kill him.

Moss said he was sleeping and became angry when Orange, who was trying to wake him, punched him. Orange then picked up a knife and stabbed him five or six times, court records state.

Police had to stop the interview with Moss at that point, because Moss became upset and was having trouble breathing. Moss suffered a collapsed right lung because of the attack, the affidavit states.

Orange was arrested Tuesday, according to court records.


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