Suspected Indiana serial killer faces new murder charges: Reports

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Suspected Serial Killer Charged in 5 More Murders

(Reuters) -- A serial killer suspect facing trial for two murders in Indiana now faces charges in the deaths of five more women, according to media reports.

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Darren Vann was charged on Monday with five counts of murder and faces 10 additional counts that include rape, attempted murder and criminal confinement, Gary, Indiana, police said, declining to elaborate.

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Suspected Indiana serial killer faces new murder charges: Reports
This photo provided May 29, 2015 by the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriffâs Department shows Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana. Vann is charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others whose remains were found in October, 2014 in northwest Indiana. (Lake County Sheriff's Department via AP)
This Monday, Oct. 20, 2015, shows an abandoned home at 1800 E. 19th. Ave. in Gary, Ind., where police found the one of six women's bodies over the weekend. Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwestern Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Police say her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Police say Vann provided information that led authorities to the bodies of the six other women in the nearby city of Gary, Indiana. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
CORRECTS YEAR TO 2014 INSTEAD OF 2015 - Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaks at a news conference Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Hammond, Ind. Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in northwestern Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says Darren Vann will be charged Monday in the slaying of a woman whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Police say Vann provided information that led authorities to the bodies of six other women in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, Indiana. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
CORRECTS YEAR TO 2014 INSTEAD OF 2015 - Hammond Police Chief John Doughty speaks at a news conference Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Hammond, Ind. Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in northwestern Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years. Chief Doughty says Darren Vann will be charged Monday in the slaying of a woman whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Police say Vann provided information that led authorities to the bodies of six other women in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, Indiana. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
HAMMOND, IN - OCTOBER 21: A Motel 6 can be seen on October 21, 2014 in Hammond, Indiana. According to police, Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, allegedly left the body of Afrika Hardy, 19, at this location. Vann is suspected in the deaths of at least seven women in northwest Indiana. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
GARY, IN - OCTOBER 21: A home sits abandoned in the 2200 block of Massachusetts Street October 21, 2014 in Gary, Indiana. According to police, Darren Deon Vann, 43, allegedly left the body of an unidentified African American woman at this location. Vann is suspected in the deaths of at least seven women in northwest Indiana. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Vann already faces trial in July on 2014 murder charges in the strangling deaths of Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35. He pleaded not guilty in both cases and is being held without bail.

All seven victims are believed to have been prostitutes.

Police say Vann admitted to killing Hardy, Jones and five other women, and agreed to lead authorities to the women's bodies if they could assure he would be put to death for the killings, reports said.

Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty in all seven cases, reports said. Messages to the prosecutor's office and a lawyer for Vann were not immediately returned.

Vann, a 45-year-old ex-Marine, moved to Gary after being released in 2013 from a Texas prison, where he was held for sexual assault, reports said. Vann told police he began killing women because he was angry he went to prison, reports said.

Police investigating Hardy's slaying reportedly were led to Vann after learning they had arranged to meet through an online escort service.

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