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Edward Miller

GARY — A 75-year-old charged in the stabbing of a man told police the fight began when the victim began allegedly using homophobic slurs because he was a retired drag queen, court documents state.

Edward Miller, 75, of Gary, was charged with one count of murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter, according to court records.

Gary police responded at 10:01 p.m. Tuesday to an apartment building at 100 West 11th Ave. for a report of a stabbing victim.

Police found a 64-year-old man, identified by police as Carlos Johnson, of Gary, with a knife wound in the hallway not breathing. Officers saw a large trail of blood in the hallway leading to an apartment unit. Johnson was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police said he had several cuts to his arms, shoulder and neck.

Miller told police he was in his nephew's apartment with his nephew and Johnson when the stabbing happened. He told police he and Johnson had allegedly been arguing and both had been drinking.

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Miller said he was a retired drag queen, and Johnson was calling him anti-gay slurs, court reports state. Miller alleged Johnson then grabbed a small knife and Miller grabbed a butcher knife.

Miller told police Johnson allegedly made threats towards him and “came at him with a knife.” Miller told police he struck Johnson with a knife one time, but police said they saw multiple lacerations on Johnson's body.

Miller was booked into Lake County Jail, and detectives from the Lake County Metro Homicide Unit secured charges against Miller on Thursday.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.