- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - Three men in northwest Indiana have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a state witness six years ago.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (http://bit.ly/2gSUsHo ) that police say and records show 39-year-old Antoine J. Gates was paid about $10,000 to shoot 31-year-old Jocelyn Blair at a Gary restaurant. An affidavit says Gates shot the woman on behalf of 46-year-old Ronnie E. Major. Blair was to testify against Major at an attempted murder trial.

Police also say 60-year-old Michael C. Rivera was a co-conspirator in Blair’s killing. Gates, Rivera and Major were charged Thursday. Court records show they are in police custody without bail.

An attorney wasn’t listed for Rivera. Phone listings for Gates’ listed attorney were disconnected. Major’s attorney Scott King said he’s “not overwhelmed with the strength” of the prosecution’s allegations.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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