CROWN POINT — A not guilty plea was entered Wednesday on behalf of a Griffith man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend to death, records show.
Juan Guerrero, 41, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 46-year-old Jermaine Salazar on May 14 in Calumet Township.
Guerrero was booked without bail at Lake County Jail about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, records show.
A magistrate also appointed a public defender to Guerrero during his initial appearance Wednesday, online court records show. His formal appearance is scheduled for June 6.
Guerrero's ex-girlfriend told police she had been in a relationship with him for many years, and after it ended the two shared custody of their foster child, according to Lake Criminal Court records.
She told police she had been arguing with Guerrero about their foster son at his residence in the 800 block of North Lafayette Street before returning to Salazar's home about 9 p.m.
Once there, the ex-girlfriend said Guerrero called her, telling her to come outside Salazar's home on the 200 block of North Colfax Street in Calumet Township, records show. She said he had a gun in his hand and began shooting at the couple.
Salazar was hit several times in his torso and was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary, where he died, police said.
Police tracked Guerrero's phone GPS, and New Lenox police took him into custody during a traffic stop in Illinois. New Lenox police reported they found a 9 mm firearm in his vehicle, court documents said.
Guerrero spoke to police and allegedly confirmed he shot Salazar multiple times, court records said. He said he drove to Illinois after the shooting to meet with his pastor.