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Trial starts for Gary man charged with wounding woman, killing new boyfriend

Jury selection began Monday for a Gary man charged with wounding his ex-girlfriend and killing her new boyfriend in 2017.

Anthony H. Day, 56, is on trial this week, charged with murder, attempted murder and battery committed with a deadly weapon. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is accused of killing Ajohnte J. Griffin, 36, of East Chicago.

The woman told police she had ended her relationship with Day about two weeks before the shooting, which occurred early Feb. 10, 2017 at a residence at 359 McKinley St., in Gary. She and her friend, Griffin, had just arrived home after being out all day.

The woman had checked her windows and doors to make sure they were locked, then started taking a bath, court records state. While in the bathroom, the woman said she heard commotion from a west bedroom of her home and discovered Griffin struggling with Day, records state.

After speaking with the men, they both lowered their weapons, court records said. Day kept saying he just wanted to talk to the woman, and Griffin said he wanted to get the clip to his weapon and leave, documents said.

The woman said she got dressed, and Day continued to ask if he could talk to her, but the woman said she didn’t trust him with a gun in his hands and didn’t want to talk, records state.

“You played me,” Day told the woman, according to court records. “I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest,” Day repeated twice, then opened fire at the woman, who turned and ran, according to the probable cause affidavit.

After she ran outside, the woman said she heard two gunshots. The woman said she hid until she saw that police had made it to her home, documents said.

The trial is before Judge Gina Jones.

Post-Tribune archives contributed.

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