Hammond Man Recharged With 1999 Sledge-Hammer Murders

Mike Krauser
October 19, 2018 - 11:51 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Federal prosecutors in Northwest Indiana have announced a series of indictments involving gangs, drugs, guns, healthcare fraud and a 20-year-old murder.

A Hammond man who escaped murder charges nearly 20 years ago is now charged again under federal law. 

Jerimiah Farmer, 36, an alleged gang member, was 20 when he was first charged with the 1999 sledge-hammer murders of two men, 74-year-old Marion Lowery and 66-year-old Harvey Siegers, in their Hammond auto repair garage.

"The indictment alleges Mr. Farmer beat Mr. Lowery and Mr. Siegers to death with a small sledge hammer at their business, Calumet Auto Rebuilders. These killings were the result of heinous conduct and completely sensely," said U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch.

Kirsch said the case fell apart when witnesses were threatened.

"Law enforcement agents did not give up on this case," he said Friday during a news conference at the federal courthouse in Hammond. "Because of their diligent work over nearly the past twenty years, we were able to successfully bring charges against the individual we believe was responsible for these terrible crimes."

The indictment is part of a larger case involving alleged narcotics conspiracy against Farmer and other alleged members of the Latin Kings street gang.  Kirsch said the two men were murdered because they knew about gang activity in the neighborhood. He said "this heinous crime" was committed to silence the men.