Charges filed in 2nd case in Gary killings

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A man who told police he killed seven women in Indiana now faces charges in a second death.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 43-year-old Darren Vann had been charged in the death of 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville. Her body was found in an abandoned house in Gary Saturday night. She had last been seen Oct. 8.

An autopsy showed she had been strangled.

Vann appeared before a Lake County judge earlier Wednesday on murder charges stemming from the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Her body was found in a Motel 6 in Hammond on Friday, and she also had been strangled.

Vann refused to acknowledge his name or answer questions in court. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivan found Vann in contempt and said she would schedule another hearing next week.

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