Not guilty plea entered in case of murdered Gary woman

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CROWN POINT, Ind. — A not guilty plea was entered in the case of a man charged with murdering a woman from Gary.

James McGhee, 38, of Gary, appeared in court Friday morning where a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. McGhee's attorney, Jamise Perkins, said she believes once the evidence fully comes out in this case, he'll be exonerated.

McGhee has been charged with murder in the death of Sidne-Nichole Buchanan, 27. McGhee is being held without bail.

Prosecutors said Buchanan, 27, went to a concert at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July 27 with McGhee. She was reported missing on July 29.

Investigators discovered Buchanan’s body Monday in the Thornton Lansing Road Nature Preserve.

According to court documents, a friend of McGhee’s, who was given immunity for cooperating with the investigation, told authorities that he heard McGhee say “he lost it” and also showed him a picture of a woman believed to be Buchanan. McGhee reportedly told the friend “I beat her up bad. This is when she was living.”

McGhee is scheduled back in court on Oct. 10.



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