(CROWN POINT, Ind.) — The accused serial killer who police say confessed to murdering at least seven women in Indiana refused to speak to a judge in court Wednesday, forcing her to cancel the arraignment.
Suspect Darren Vann was silent as Judge Kathleen Sullivan asked him to swear to tell the truth at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. Instead of speaking, Vann stared straight ahead.
Sullivan postponed the hearing until next week.
Vann’s silence comes after he cooperated with police, confessing to seven murders and showing police where to find the bodies.
Vann, 43, was arrested in the Friday murder of a 19-year-old woman at a motel in Hammond, Indiana. She was later identified as Afrikka Hardy, who had recently moved to Indiana from Aurora, Colorado. Police say she was involved in a prostitution ring and Vann met her, along with other alleged victims, through listings on Backpage.com.
Vann helped authorities locate the bodies of six other victims, all stashed in abandoned homes in Gary, Indiana, because “he was looking for a type of deal with prosecution,” Hammond Police Chief John D. Doughty said at a press conference this week.
Vann indicated to police that his murders date back two decades, and police suggested there could be additional victims.
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