DNA Swab for Suspect in 7 Deaths Delayed 2 Weeks

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) _ A hearing for a man charged in the strangulation deaths of two women in northwestern Indiana and suspected of killing five other women has been delayed for two weeks.
 
A hearing had been scheduled Friday for 43-year-old Darren Vann of Gary to provide a DNA mouth swab requested by prosecutors. The Times of Munster reports Vann never appeared in court and there was no explanation about why the hearing was delayed until Dec. 19.
 
Attorneys couldn't comment because the judge has issued a gag order.
 
Vann is charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones. Police say Hardy was killed at a Hammond motel and that Vann led investigators to the bodies of Jones and five other women inside abandoned houses in Gary.