The Portage man who was shot to death outside his home on Locust Street
earlier this month is believed to have been the victim of a murder-for-hire
scheme arranged by the estranged wife of his employer, Portage Police said
Charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, in connection with the
death of Carl Griffith Sr., was Sheaurice D. Major, 42, of 5236 Mulberry
Ave., Apt. B-3, the estranged wife of Griffith’s employer, the owner of
Also charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder was Dontaye D.
Singletary, 20, of Gary. Investigators believe that Singletary was the
shooter on the night of Nov. 1.
Major is in custody at the Porter County Jail. Singletary remained at large
At around 8:05 p.m. Nov. 1, officers responded to a report of gunshot in the
2700 block of Locust Street, where they found Griffith lying in a front
yard. Griffith was subsequently pronounced dead at Porter Portage Hospital
Campus and an autopsy determined that he had sustained three gunshot wounds.
Investigators recovered two spent cartridges and a single projectile at the
scene, consistent with a 7.62 x 39 caliber assault rifle.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Janis Regnier,
earlier in the day on Nov. 1 Griffith, a tow truck driver, was dispatched to
an address in Kentucky Street in Gary, after Affordable Towing received a
call from a woman seeking a tow. As Griffith arrived at the scene, however,
a man—who investigators suspect was Singletary—began shooting at Griffith.
At some point, the shooter’s gun apparently jammed and he fled the scene,
with Griffith escaping injury.
Investigators subsequently determined that the original call to Affordable
Towing, requesting the Kentucky Street job, had been placed by a woman who
made the call at Singletary’s request. The woman told investigators that she
knows Singletary “‘from the hood’” and believes that he belongs to the Vice
Meanwhile, in an interview with investigators, Sheaurice Major identified
one of the numbers called by Singletary near the time of Griffith’s shooting
as belonging to a friend. Investigators made contact with that friend, who
advised that about a week before the shooting Major told her that she wanted
Griffith hurt and asked her friend whether she knew anyone who would do it.
Major’s friend “advised that she did and arranged for Dontaye Singletary and
Sheaurice Major to get in touch with each other.”
On Nov. 1, 2012, (Major) told her friend to wait for Singletary near
Griffith’s residence. Major’s friend did as Major asked her and advised that
while she was waiting Singletary called her to inquire about her location.
Then she heard gun shots, Singletary ran up to her car, entered it, told her
leave the scene fast, and noted that “I got him,” Regnier stated in her
probable cause affidavit.
Major’s friend drove Singletary to Gary and dropped him off across the
street from the Steel Yard. On returning to Portage, Major’s friend got a
call from Major, who asked her friend to deliver $200 and a sealed envelope
to Singletary, which she did, Regnier stated in her affidavit.