When asked by detectives why he committed the murders, Darren Vann said, "Just I guess, anger"

By Chris Harris
May 07, 2018 01:03 PM
Darren Vann
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A former Marine who admitted Friday to murdering seven women in Indiana will be spared the death penalty as part of his plea deal, according to multiple reports.

Darren D. Vann, a resident of Gary, was first arrested in 2014. His trial was set to begin in October and prosecutors had indicated they would seek the death penalty, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But on Friday, The New York Times reports, Vann pleaded guilty to the strangulation deaths of Afrikka Hardy, 19, of Hammond, and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, and five Gary women: Teaira Batey, 28; Tracy Martin, 41; Kristine Williams, 36; Sonya Billingsley, 53; and Tanya Gatlin, 27.

After his arrest for killing Hardy, Vann led police to the bodies of the six other women.

Vann will likely learn at his sentencing hearing May 25 that he’ll be sentenced to life in prison without parole, reports the Times of Northwest Indiana.

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The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that Vann targeted women who lived in an area of Gary where women gathered to use drugs or prostitute.

Vann was asked by detectives why he started killing women in Indiana, and, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana, he told them, “Just I guess, anger. ‘Cause I feel I shouldn’t have went to prison the first time. You see what I’m saying?”

Vann served several years in a Texas prison for sexual assault, and moved back to Indiana upon being released in 2013.

Vann served in the Marines before receiving an “other than honorable” discharge in 1993.

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