Two Men Charged In Halloween Stabbing Deaths In Gary
GARY, Ind. (STMW) – Two men have been charged with the Halloween stabbing deaths of a Gary couple found at their northwest Indiana home Nov. 1.
One suspect, Mark A. Williams, 44, is on parole for a murder he committed Nov. 21, 1995 at 2535 Delaware St., on the same block where Leviticus Dupree, 62, and his wife, Toshiba Dupree, 54, were killed.
Williams, already wanted for violating his parole, and Anthony T. Wilson, 46, of 1365 Taney St., are charged with murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and auto theft. They are being held without bail at the Lake County Jail.
Williams was arrested Nov. 5 by an Indiana State Parole officer. According to court documents, he said he went to the couple’s home and he and Wilson stabbed the victims and took a shotgun and a car.
Leviticus Dupree is Williams’ wife’s uncle, and she told investigators that when she heard about the deaths, “the first person I thought about was Mark,” the probable cause affidavit states. She said Williams wanted her uncle’s shotgun to commit a robbery, but Dupree had refused to loan it to him, according to the affidavit.
Wilson was arrested Friday by Porter County Patrolman Jamie Erow. Wilson had been living at a church-run shelter and was with other residents working in Porter County when police contacted the pastor and asked him to return Wilson to Gary. The pastor called detectives a short time later to say Wilson had fled. Erow saw Wilson jogging and talking on a cell phone on Indiana 149 and apprehended him.
A relative told Lake County Sgt. Ed Jenkins and Gary Violent Crimes Detective Alex Jones that a family friend had gone to the couple’s home and saw a bloody body on the floor. She fled, and found a friend to give her a ride home; that friend contacted a relative who went into the house.
Leviticus Dupree was on the hallway floor; his wife was in the bedroom in a pool of blood. Police found two bloody knives near her body.
The couple’s silver Buick was found Nov. 2 in the 1200 block of West 15th Avenue. Police found blood inside the car and “a large kitchen knife protruding from beneath the hood,” the affidavit states.
Williams’ parole in the 1995 stabbing death of of Vicki Brown, 31, does not end until 2020, Indiana Department of Correction records state.
In a second statement to police, when he admitted a role in the slayings, Williams told officers he was afraid of “being locked up for the rest of his life or receiving the death penalty.” He claimed Wilson was first to attack, but Wilson said after Leviticus Dupree refused to loan Williams money, Williams started stabbing his uncle. Wilson claimed he went outside and didn’t see anything else, the affidavit states.
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