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East Chicago councilman charged with murder is re-elected

November 4, 2015

An East Chicago councilman charged with murder has been re-elected.

The (Munster) Times reports that 42-year-old Robert Battle ran unopposed in Tuesday's election. He is accused of shooting Reimundo Camarillo Jr. to death on Oct. 12 in East Chicago. He also faces a federal drug charge after police say they found more than 73 pounds of marijuana and more than $100,000 cash during a Porter County traffic stop.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Battle did not request an absentee ballot to vote from the jail.

Battle is seeking bail and a Nov. 17 hearing is planned. On Tuesday a Lake County judge granted prosecutors' request for a DNA mouth swab from Battle.

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