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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013

    IN - David Krawczenia, 48, found dismembered, Gary, 1 Nov 2014


    A Portage man's business associate was charged Monday with killing him to avoid repaying a debt, court records show.

    Thomas Smith, 63, of Hobart, admitted to a friend that he shot David Krawczenia in the back Nov. 1 after Krawczenia showed up at his garage in Gary to collect the debt, according to a probable cause affidavit.

    Smith told the friend he shot Krawczenia as Krawczenia cleaned out the trunk of a vehicle, shoved Krawczenia into the vehicle's trunk, closed it and had the vehicle towed from his garage in the 2600 block of Colorado Street, court records state.

    Krawczenia was reported missing on November 2nd.

    Police received a tip last Friday that Krawczenia’s car was spotted in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Griffith. Police found a body in the trunk of that car that they believe is Krawczenia. His head and hands were cut off and not with the body. Those body parts have not yet been found.

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    Mar 2011
    Dismembered body found in missing man's car trunk
    Police search for Indiana man after dismembered body found in car trunk of man he owed money

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    Apr 2013

    Thomas Smith, 63, turned himself into Lake County Sheriff's Department Detective Sgt. Edward Jenkins at the Sheriff's Department, Deputy Chief Dan Murchek said.

    Smith was charged Monday with murder in connection with the death of David Krawczenia, of Portage.

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    Apr 2013

    A Hobart man charged in the grisly homicide of his business partner is scheduled to stand trial March 2. The date was decided Thursday after Thomas Smith, 63, requested a speedy trial...

    Smith did mechanical work for Krawczenia's business, All About Auto. Krawczenia's girlfriend, Theresa Jacobs, testified during a hearing this week that Smith was supposed to pay a $16,000 debt to her boyfriend just before he went missing...

    Krawczenia's cell phone records indicate his phone was last operated near cell phone towers near Smith's shop in the 2600 block of Colorado Street in Gary, according to the affidavit.

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    Apr 2013

    A conversation between two friends drinking beer led to the unraveling of what happened to a Portage man whose dismembered body was found in the trunk of a car. The testimony about the conversation was part of the third hearing to have bail set in the state's case against Thomas Smith, 63, of Hobart...

    On Thursday, David Price testified he was drinking beer with Kevin Akers, who worked at Smith's mechanics shop, when Akers began giving him details about a recent conversation he had with Smith...

    Price said he didn't initially believe Akers so he called a friend to check if Krawczenia's car was at the apartment complex. Price's friend would become the anonymous tipster who gave the Gary Police Department information about the car.

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    Apr 2013

    Thomas Raymond Smith, 63, who was freed on his own recognizance from the Lake County Jail in February because prosecutors needed more time to gather evidence and turn over discovery to Smith's defense attorneys, now is set for trial starting Sept. 8 before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.

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    Oct 2014
    Trial now scheduled for April 2016.


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