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Gary murder suspect turns himself in

Mark Cherry

Mark Cherry

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Updated: June 14, 2014 6:23AM



A fugitive from Lake Station facing murder and attempted murder charges surrendered Monday with his attorney — weeks after he was released in an oversight from an Illinois hospital where he recovered from being shot, authorities said.

Defense attorney Matthew Fech said Mark Cherry surrendered at the Lake County Jail about 10:30 a.m. Cherry, 21, is charged in the Dec. 1 shooting death of Rolando Correa, 22, and the wounding of brothers Elias Martinez, 24, and Anthony Martinez, 23, in Gary’s Black Oak section.

Cherry and two other men forced their way inside a house in the 6200 block of West 29th Avenue, looking for marijuana, and Cherry was shot multiple times during a struggle with the Martinez brothers. The other two intruders have not been charged.

Cherry was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a regional trauma center, but was not held under police guard while he recuperated from the gunshot wounds, Gary police said. Gary officers don’t typically guard prisoners outside Indiana where they have no jurisdiction, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

Michael Kaufmann, Oak Lawn police division chief, said previously that Gary police did not inform his department about Cherry’s status as a murder suspect, so Oak Lawn police were unaware of Cherry’s release several weeks ago. It’s the responsibility of the law enforcement agency in charge of a case to keep track of a suspect or to alert local police and seek assistance, Kaufmann said.

Christ Medical Center spokesman Mike Maggio said in a previous statement that the hospital cannot “legally detain a patient against his or her will. Without prior written consent from a patient, the hospital cannot alert another person or agency about a patient’s pending discharge.”

King said Gary police will work closely with Oak Lawn police and Cook County sheriff’s police to try to prevent situations like the one with Cherry from happening again.

On Friday, Lake County prosecutors added charges against Cherry — murder in perpetration of a robbery and attempted robbery. They also moved to revoke his probation from a March 2012 robbery conviction.



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