January 9, 2017-Carl Le’Ellis Blount admitted today that he killed Gary Police Officer Jeffry Westerfield in the early morning hours of Sunday July 6, 2014. Officer Westerfield was found shot to death in his car and Blount was taken into custody later that day. The date was Westerfield’s 47th birthday.
According to the terms of the plea agreement, Carl Le’Ellis Blount will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. According to a factual basis statement signed by Blount and submitted to the Court with the Plea Agreement, Blount was involved in a domestic disturbance in the 2300 block of McKinley Street on or about July 6, 2014. As a result of the domestic disturbance, Gary Police were looking for Carl Le’Ellis Blount on July 6, 2014. “Blount encountered Officer Jeffrey Westerfield while Officer Westerfield was in his squad car. located on 26th Avenue between Van Buren Place and Van Buren Street. . .fearing that he would be arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Porter County, Indiana [Blount] intentionally shot Officer Westerfield while he was in the course of his duties.
The Plea Agreement concludes a two year court drama and avoids a protracted death penalty case. Death penalty cases are automatically appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.