Jury selection has been scheduled to begin in January in the trial of a man accused of killing of a Gary police officer.
The (Munster) Times reports 27-year-old Carl Blount was in court for a hearing Wednesday. Blount is charged with murder in the July 2014 shooting death of Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield. He has pleaded not guilty.
Jury selection is set to start Jan. 9 and is expected to last about a month. The state is scheduled to begin presenting evidence Feb. 6.
Police have said Westerfield was shot in his squad car as he searched for Blount, who was a suspect in a domestic disturbance.
The Lake County prosecutor's office is seeking the death penalty against Blount.