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Second man charged in 2012 double murder in Center Township

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A second man has been charged in connection with the double-murder in 2012 of Jeffrey Trinka and Jennifer Guinn in Trinka’s Center Township home.

Alejandro Santino Sanchez, 21, of Hammond, was booked into the Porter County Jail at 3 p.m. Friday on a charge of murder, two counts, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said after deadline on Monday.

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was expected to release more information on Sanchez’s arrest sometime today.

Julius Jovan Garza, 20, was taken into custody at the crime scene and subsequently charged with two counts of murder. Garza, a self-identified member of the Two Six gang, is being held at the Porter County Jail pending trial.

According to the PCSP, at 2:11 a.m. April 7, 2012, officers responded to a 911 call--reporting a shooting in progress--made from Trinka’s home at 1558 W. Lincolnway.

Garza, exiting his vehicle at the residence, met officers on their arrival and advised them that two people inside the home had been shot. Officers subsequently found Trinka, 40, dead at the scene, at the base of a stairway in the home, and Guinn, 31, of Hammond, mortally wounded in the living room. Guinn was transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, where she was pronounced dead.

Recovered from the scene were a Legion USA Saiga AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle--with the same serial number as the one purchased by Garza on Nov. 9, 2011, police said--and a Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol. Bullets taken from the victims’ bodies were consistent with ammunition which would be used for both firearms, police said.

Garza gave investigators this account of the events. “Garza advised that he was at the home of Jeffery Trinka,” police said. “He advised that during the night, there was a knock on the door. At the time of the knock, Julius Garza advised he went into Trinka’s bedroom and hid. He then heard a struggle at the door and then a gun shot. Garza advised that he heard Jeff (Trinka) say ‘Call the cops.’ Garza said then he heard two to three more shots. Garza then claimed he heard a male white say ‘You better not be calling the cops.’ Garza then heard the female voice say she wasn’t and then he heard a few more shots. Garza said he waited for a few minutes before exiting the bedroom. Garza claimed that he then witnessed a purple SUV leaving the driveway at 1558 Lincolnway and headed eastbound.”

But police said that, on the recording of the 911 call, no male voice can be heard in the background and Guinn “did not speak to anyone other than the dispatch operator.”


Posted 10/15/2013