Detectives investigating the double homicide in Center Township on Saturday
found a marijuana grow operation at the murder scene, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said.
PCSP Sgt. Larry
LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today that, after responding
officers observed marijuana plants in a room off the kitchen, search
warrants were obtained listing the following possible items of interest:
marijuana, cocaine, heat lamps, thermometers, cell phones, bags, and
currency as well as potential physical evidence like bullet casings and
fragments and blood.
were executed and a marijuana grow operation discovered, LaFlower said.
The two victims
of the homicide have been identified as the occupants of the home at 1558 W.
Lincolnway, Jeffery Trinka, 40, and Jennifer Guinn, 31, of Hammond.
both murders is Julius Jovan Garza, 19, of Hammond.
Garza was taken
into custody at the scene and police said that an AK-47 recovered there was
determined to have been purchased by him on Nov. 9, 2011.
was a .25 caliber pistol.
that Trinka was shot in the doorway of the home with the AK-47 and Guinn in
the living room with the pistol.
Garza, for his
part, advised police that he was visiting the home, heard a knock on the
door, and hid in the bedroom, where he heard gunshots, a “male white” saying
“You better not be calling the cops,” a female saying that she wasn’t, and
then more gun shots.
But police said
that there is no male voice heard in the background of the 911 call which
Guinn made and that Guinn spoke to no one besides the dispatcher during that
Court Judge Mary Harper has set trial for Sept. 17.