Homicide

June trial date reinstated for Indiana man charged in deaths of 2 women, suspected in 5 others

This photo provided May 29, 2015 by the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department shows  Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana. Vann is charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others whose remains were found in October, 2014 in northwest Indiana. (Lake County Sheriff's Department via AP)

This photo provided May 29, 2015 by the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department shows Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana. Vann is charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others whose remains were found in October, 2014 in northwest Indiana. (Lake County Sheriff's Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

An Indiana man charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others will stand trial June 22 as originally planned.

Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell on Friday reinstated the trial date for Darren Vann in the deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

The (Munster) Times reports (http://bit.ly/1HWXfF4 ) Boswell plans to meet with prosecutors and Vann's attorneys on Monday to begin working on questions for potential jurors.

Police say Vann confessed to killing seven women whose remains were found in October, but he's only been charged in the two deaths.

Hardy was found strangled in a Hammond motel on Oct. 17. During questioning in her death, Vann led investigators to the bodies of Jones and five other women in abandoned homes across Gary.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com