(AP) — A jury has found a Gary man guilty of murder and conspiracy to
commit murder in a 2012 killing-for-hire.
The Times of
Munster reports 22-year-old Dontaye Singletary will be sentenced Feb. 27.
Singletary shot and killed 72-year-old Carl Griffith Sr. shortly after
Griffith returned to his Portage home in November 2012. Singletary's
attorney, Peter Boyles, said nothing at the scene ties Singletary to
Griffith's death, and they plan to appeal.
The state Court
of Appeals earlier upheld a Porter County judge's decision to allow
videotaped statements from a dead witness, Antoinetta Johnson of Hammond.
She was shot in December 2012 in her Gary beauty salon. Singletary's
former prison cellmate told a judge in April that Singletary told him he
had Johnson killed.
that she drove Singletary to Portage and back to Gary. Singletary tried to
shoot Griffith earlier that day when he called Griffith for tow truck
service in Gary, according to prosecutors, but the gun jammed.
Johnson said she
later picked up a shared payment of $5,200 from a co-defendant, Sheaurice
Major of Portage. Major is accused of hiring Singletary to kill Griffith
because she didn't like him. Griffith worked for a towing company owned by
Major's estranged husband.
Johnson gave varying accounts of events to investigators. Singletary's
mother, Grenetta Singletary, said her son was at her Gary apartment at the
time Griffith was killed.