CROWN POINT — A court hearing for Darren Vann expected Thursday was rescheduled.

Vann, the 46-year-old alleged serial killer from Gary, was expected to be advised at Thursday's hearing of his trial rights. His attorneys, Matthew Fech, Mark Bates and Gojko Kasich, made the request Wednesday the hearing be rescheduled.

A new hearing date has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

Vann has waived his right to appear in court for at least two years, according to court records, but he is required to appear in person to hear his trial rights.

Vann was held in contempt at a prior court hearing June 30 for failing to provide prosecutors a handwriting sample. Vann got into a yelling match with Judge Samuel L. Cappas, during which he told the judge he objected to a trial date and he could “kiss my (expletive).”

Vann is scheduled to appear at trial Oct. 22, 2018, on allegations he strangled Afrika Hardy and Anith Jones, two of the seven women he allegedly murdered.

Hardy, 19, was found strangled in a bathtub Oct. 17, 2014, in a motel room in Hammond after she allegedly met Vann for paid sex.

Vann was arrested in Hardy's death and then allegedly admitted he killed six other women, including Jones, 35, whose body was discovered in an abandoned house in Gary.

Prosecutors succeeded on a motion last year to hold a single trial for the murders of Hardy and Jones, arguing the crimes were part of a single scheme or plan.

Vann faces the death penalty if convicted of the murders.

A trial for the other five women has not yet been scheduled.

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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.