UPDATE: Sparks-Wade Details Horrific Night of Fear and Abuse

“She didn’t attempt to leave because that would increase her chances of not surviving” -Probable Cause Affidavit filed in State v Jamal Washington


State of Indiana v. Jamal A. Washington
Case Number 45G03-1902-F5-000054
Court Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division 3
Type F5 – Felony 5
Filed 02/01/2019
Status 02/01/2019 , Pending (active)
Prosecutor Case Management Number 45-DM53896
Police Agency Number 19G004718
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Defendant Washington, Jamal A.
State Plaintiff State of Indiana
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35-42-3-3(a)/F5:Criminal Confinement Criminal Confinement with bodily injury.
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/F6: Domestic Battery Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury
35-42-3-3(a)/F6:Criminal Confinement
35-45-2-1(a)(2)/F6: Intimidation where threat is to commit a forcible felony
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/F6: Domestic Battery def. has a prior conviction for any sort of battery.
35-42-2-1.3(a)(1)/MA: Domestic Battery

February 1, 2019-Just moments ago, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter filed five felony charges against former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington as a result of a domestic violence incident that is alleged to have occurred in the evening hours Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. According to the online docket, Washington faces charges of criminal confinement as a level 5 felony, domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, domestic battery with a prior conviction, a level 6 felony and domestic battery as a misdemeanor.

The Probable Cause Affidavit in the case alleges a harrowing 14 hour ordeal of abuse and control in the relationship between former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington and LaVetta Sparks-Wade. Sparks-Wade says thatshe was on the telephone at approximately 4:30 p.m. on January 29 with “Alyone” when the incident began. “LaVetta stated that she was talking to her political campaign partner at which time Jamal took the phone from her hand and began arguing with her campaign partner on the phone” the Affidavit states. Washington then refused to return LaVetta’s phone to her.

“LaVetta stated that Jamal then began to strike her several times iwth both hands on the back of her body and head as she stood near the bed. She stated that she turned around at which time Jamal threw her cell phone at her striking her in the lip area causing swelling and bleeding” the statement continues. LaVetta says she attempted to leave but Jamal blocked the door. She “was scared that Jamal would hurt or kill her if she left.” She attempted to call or text several people regarding the incident but “was in fear of being killed if she were caught.” She tried to exit the room but Jamal would wake up every time she moved the statement reports.

Police say, LaVetta asked to wash the blood from her face-at first Jamal refused but ultimately allowed her to go to the bathroom to clean up. Jamal followed LaVetta to the bathroom and back into the bedroom according to the report. LaVetta says she then laid between the dresser and the bed in the bedroom and Jamal went to sleep. At 6:30 a.m. on January 30 she was able to text several people regarding the incident and police arrived a short time later.

The affidavit also outlines a prior, unreported allegation of physical abuse in the relationship. According to the statement Washington battered “LaVetta stated that on 12-13-18 there was a similar incident where Jamal smacked her with an open hand on the right side of her face at the residence in Merrillville” according to the report. “LaVetta stated that Jamal also threatened to stab her in the neck at that time.”

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