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    IN - Velia 'Val' Taneff, 86, & Lana Taneff, 63, strangled, Calumet Twp, 17 Jan 2016

    Person Of Interest In Custody After Mother, Daughter Strangled In Gary

    GARY, Ind. (WLS) --
    Police said a person of interest is in custody after a former radio talk show host and her daughter were killed in unincorporated Gary, Indiana.

    The Lake County Sheriff's Department found Velia Taneff, 86, and her 63-year-old daughter, Lana Taneff, strangled on Sunday night. Deputies found the daughter at home and her mother at a next door rental property they owned.

    After an investigation revealed a dark blue 2003 Cadillac was missing from the Taneff residence, the vehicle was located by GPS in western Ohio.
    http://abc7chicago.com/news/former-r...-gary/1163692/


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    February 2017:

    Taneff murder suspect takes case in his own hands

    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/c...ba87512e5.html

    James A. Lohnes, 45, of Crown Point, mailed a handwritten Writ of Habeas Corpus, to U.S. District Court here in which he is representing himself without the apparent help of a lawyer.

    Lohnes claims Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter has violated his constitutional rights and is demanding release from the Lake County Jail where he has been in custody the last 11 months.

    Lohnes public defender, John Maksimovich, declined to comment on his client's federal pleading.

    Maksimovich did ask Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel L. Cappas in Crown Point last month to have court-appointed psychiatrists examine Lohnes to determine if Lohnes is mentally competent to stand trial.

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    Doctors judge man's competency in strangulations - May 22nd

    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/c...1f11cce21.html

    The defense attorney stated that Lohnes is “unable to remember critical, material events connected with these charges” and does not appear to appreciate the gravity of his situation, the filing states.

    Two doctors evaluated Lohnes and reported their findings to the court, though the results are sealed. The defense agreed with the doctors' findings, but the state has requested a third evaluation, which will be discussed at a June 22 court hearing, according to court filings.

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    Competency evaluation ordered for Crown Point man charged with strangling 2 women to death

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...622-story.html

    A judge agreed to send a Crown Point man charged with two counts of murder to the Logansport State Hospital for a forensic psychological evaluation to determine his mental competency to stand trial.

    Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas granted the request for the evaluation by the defense team representing James Lohnes.

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    From July:

    Judge: Man charged in double strangling mentally incompetent

    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/c...d8965f9ed.html

    A criminal court judge determined Friday at a court hearing that James A. Lohnes was not mentally competent to stand trial for murder charges in the strangling of two women in January 2016 in Calumet Township.

    Lohnes, 46, of Crown Point, will be held for 90 days at a mental institution while doctors determine whether he could ever become competent to stand trial.



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