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Suspect in 7 Indiana slayings due in court again

October 29, 2014

A 43-year-old former Marine who police in Indiana say has confessed to killing seven women is scheduled to appear in court again after refusing to even acknowledge his name at an earlier hearing.

Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender from Gary, will appear Wednesday before Lake Superior Judge Diane Boswell to face murder charges and other counts in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

Hardy's body was found Oct. 17 in a Hammond motel. Jones' body was found a day later in an abandoned house in Gary.

Vann refused to speak during an initial hearing in the Hardy case a week ago and was cited for contempt.

Authorities are still trying to identify three of the women found in abandoned homes in Gary.

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