- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - Jurors in northwest Indiana have convicted a mechanic in the 2014 killing of a business associate.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that 66-year-old Thomas R. Smith was convicted Friday in the death of 48-year-old David Krawczenia at their automotive shop in Gary. Smith is to be sentenced next month. He was handcuffed after the judge read the jury’s verdict.

Krawczenia, a Portage automotive wholesaler, disappeared in November 2014. His body was found two weeks later without a head and arms in the trunk of his vehicle in Griffith. Family told police that Krawczenia was at the automotive shop to a collect a $16,000 debt from Smith. Smith told detectives that Krawczenia left the shop with a couple in a green vehicle.

One of Smith’s mechanics, Kevin Akers, told police his boss told him he shot Krawczenia.


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

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