Accused Indiana serial killer due back in court after refusing to answer judge last week

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CROWN POINT (Oct. 29, 2014) – A confessed northwest Indiana serial killer is due back in court Wednesday.

Darren Vann admitted to killing seven women. He then helped police find their bodies.

He’s charged in the deaths of two women—19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones. Police said Vann strangled Hardy after meeting her at a Hammond motel. The investigation into her death led police to Vann, who then admitted to killing several other women.

His initial hearing was delayed last week after he refused to answer questions from the judge and was cited for contempt.

A Texas district attorney is defending the way her office handled Vann’s sexual assault case there. He accepted a plea deal and agreed to register as a sex offender. He did not have a criminal record at the time.

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