Knox man charged with murder, more
KNOX — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff filed a formal charge of murder against Gary W. Chavez, 57, of Knox, for his alleged involvement in the Friday, June 6 slaying of his estranged wife, Kimberly S. Chavez, 50, of Portage, who was discovered dead in Chavez's Knox home last Friday, after an alleged crime spree that involved three carjackings, a hostage situation, and led multiple police departments across four counties ended with Chavez shooting himself after he lost control of the vehicle he was traveling in on I-65 S. in Lake County.
Bourff also entered charges of Kidnapping, a Class A Felony, and Carjacking, a Class B Felony, against Chavez.
Porter County already had one count of carjacking, a Class C Felony, against Chavez and a warrant issued in Porter County for his arrest.
In Starke County, Chavez, if convicted, faces 45-65 years on the murder charge, 20-50 years for Kidnapping, and 6-20 years on the Carjacking charge.
Chavez is in Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. He was last reported as being heavily sedated and in critical condition.