Elijah Nolan was release by Judge Diana Boswell on April 17, 2017. On April 21 he was charged with pointing a firearm. On May 3, Judge Diana Boswell again released Nolan without bond. Nolan failed to appear multiple times before Judge Diane Boswell revoked his bond in Feb. 2018
April 8, 2018-For the second time this year, Hammond is looking at a homicide involving an individual who was released by our Court system and supposed to be monitored electronically. This is the second homicide related to lax oversight of seriously violent criminals in Hammond this year.
In February of this year, Police alleged that Cadarrow Patten-White shot and killed a man in the 6800 block of Kentucky Avenue in Hammond’s Hessville section. Patten-White had been released by Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray without bond despite a prior murder charge. Judge Murray made clear that Patten-White was not on home detention but was to be monitored via “ICU Court Monitoring at public expense.”
In this case it was the victim, Elijah Nolan for whom electronic monitoring had been ordered. Nolan had been charged with Armed Robbery, a Level 3 Felony. The charges were filed March 24, 2017 and Nolan was not arrested until April 6, 2017. The Court record is unclear, but Nolan apparently ended up in the hospital by April 12, 2017. On April 17, 2017, Judge Diana Boswell, on her own motion, ordered Nolan released from custody and placed on ICU Court Monitoring upon his release from the hospital:
Court sua spont permits deft to participate in the ICU GPS Monit Prog upon his release from the hospital. LC CLERK TO NOTIFY. [DRB/RKF/RJO]
Sua Sponte . . .that means the Judge just decided on her own that she should release this Defendant who was charged with a serious violent gun crime. Just 4 days later, on April 21, 2017 Nolan was charged with pointing a firearm at another person and intimidation. On May 3, Judge Boswell again released Nolan without bond and placed him on ICU Court Monitoring. From May 3, 2017, Nolan never attended a scheduled hearing in either case. Judge Boswell continued the cases and allowed Nolan to terrorize our communities until February 2, 2018. It wasn’t until Nolan was charged with escape from lawful detention that Judge Boswell finally issued a warrant on February 2, 2018. Nolan was charged with another Armed Robbery in March, 2018 and was never apprehended prior to his death this past Saturday.
Police allege that Nolan was involved in an illegal sale of a machine gun at the time of his murder.
How many more Elijah Nolans and Cadarrow Patten-Whites have Judge Murray and Judge Boswell released onto the streets without proper supervision?
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.