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Former Coach Charged with Murder

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Gary A. Warwick
A former coach in the Region has been taken into custody accused of murder in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago. 62-year-old Gary A. Warwick of Portage was arrested at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Portage Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and Portage Police. Warwick is a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville. School officials say he resigned that post last spring.  St. Clair County, Illinois, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation. Warwick was being held in the Porter County Jail on a five-million dollar bond. The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.
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