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HAMMOND — A Gary man already facing a murder charge in state court was indicted Monday on a federal firearms charge related to the same homicide.

Mark "Knuckles" Cherry, 23, is accused of causing Rolando Correa Jr.'s death by using a firearm as part of a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and to commit a robbery.

Correa, 22, of Gary, was shot during a home invasion Dec. 1, 2013, in the 6200 block of West 29th Avenue in Gary and later died at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus, police said.

Cherry's trial in Lake Criminal Court on murder, attempted murder, criminal confinement and battery charges is scheduled to begin June 27, according to online records.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said his office intends to move forward with the trial. He said the government's case will run concurrently to the pending murder case in Lake Criminal Court. 

According to state records, three men armed with guns on Dec. 1, 2013, knocked on a door at a home in the 6200 block of West 29th Avenue in Gary.

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The homeowner, who told the men where he stored marijuana, was forced to the floor and had a gun pointed at his head, an affidavit said.

The homeowner's brother, who lived next door, and Correa heard gunshots and went to the house to investigate, according to court records.

Correa was shot during a fight and returned to the home next door, where officers later found him, the affidavit said.

Cherry was wounded during the struggle, and officers found him after stopping a vehicle fleeing the scene, police said.

Andre J. Woods, 28, of Gary, was found dead with a gunshot wound hours after the home invasion on the side of the road in the 2100 block of Georgia Street. Gary police previously said they believed Woods also was involved in the home invasion.

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Times staff writer Elvia Malagon contributed to this report.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.