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Three rapist thugs finally charged in 1980 murder of police officer


Prosecutors filed murder charges Friday in the 1980 slaying of Hammond police Officer Larry Pucalik, who was gunned down during a robbery attempt at a Hammond Holiday Inn.

Among the three defendants are Larry Mayes, 62, of Portage, who served 19 years in prison on a rape conviction before being released based on DNA evidence, and James Hill, 49, of Gary, who was awarded post-conviction relief in the rape case because of discovery violations.

Following his release on the rape conviction, Mayes sued five Hammond police officers for withholding and fabricating evidence, winning a $9 million award that was settled for $4.5 million.

The third defendant is identified as Pierre Catlett, 62, of Harvey, Ill.

Of the three men, only Hill was reported in custody Friday at the Lake County Jail.

The murder investigation was reopened in early 2011, when t

Added: Jun-24-2012 
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