Upcoming hearing for five men linked to South Bend stabbing

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The five men accused of stabbing several victims during a home invasion in South Bend last December are scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing.

On Dec. 27, the men broke into a house in the 1000-block of North Michigan St. When officers arrived on the scene, the five suspects were attempting to flee with items they allegedly stole from the home.
Police rounded up and arrested Walter Neely, 47, Khawana Lamar, 21, Lee Griffin, 19, Nate Coley, 18 and Gemari Cotton, 17 the evening of the stabbing.

Inside the North Michigan St. house police found five people who had sustained stab wounds, one of whom was in critical condition at the time.

The incident turned into a homicide case after one of the victims, Sandra Price, died from her injuries. The coroner who conducted the autopsy on Price cited “multiple stab wounds” as the woman’s cause of death.

Now, Neely, Lamar, Griffin, Coley and Cotton are facing felony murder, burglary and robbery charges as they await their hearing in the ST. Joseph County jail.

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