Accused Gary cop killer could face death penalty

The man charged with murdering an on-duty Gary police officer appears to be concerned about possibly facing the death penalty.

25 year-old Carl Blount, of Gary, is accused of shooting 47 year-old officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

Police say Blount opened-fire on Westerfield after the officer responded to a domestic dispute that involved Blount and his girlfriend on July 6th.  Police say Blount made incriminating statements to a witness, and asked for help to hide from police. Court documents say witnesses and surveillance video also places Blount at the crime scene.

Blount did not enter a plea at his preliminary hearing Friday morning, which took place inside a jail for security reasons. A formal hearing is set for next Wednesday.

He asked the judge if the counts against him can become more serious, and the judge replied 'yes.'

Westerfield served on the force for 19 years.

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