Murder suspect appears in Starke Court

STARKE Co. — A man accused of bludgeoning his estranged wife to death, kidnapping, carjacking and leading police on a high-speed chase across several counties was in Starke County Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 25. Gary W. Chavez, 57, of Knox, is charged with one count of murder for the death of Kimberly Chavez, of Portage, one count of kidnapping, as a Class A felony, and one count of carjacking, as a Class B Felony.
Chavez entered a not guilty plea before Starke County Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall. Judge Hall read Chavez all of the charges against him during the proceeding. Hall set an attorney status hearing for next Friday, Sept. 5.
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