May trial set for alleged gang member charged in 2 killings

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A federal judge has set a May trial for an alleged Latin Kings gang member who’s charged in the 1999 beating deaths of two men at a Hammond auto shop.

The double-homicide trial of 38-year-old Jeremiah Shane Farmer is set for May 6 in the U.S. District Court in Hammond and is expected to take two weeks.

Farmer was indicted in October on charges alleging he fatally beat 74-year-old Marion Lowry and 67-year-old Harvey Siegers with a small sledge hammer at Calumet Auto Rebuilders on June 25, 1999.

The Post-Tribune reports Farmer was charged in the slayings in 2001. But U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch says those charges were dismissed against the Hammond man after “critical witnesses recanted their statements to police following threats and intimidation.”

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