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Indiana judge finds guns tied to 1967 homicide while cleaning courthouse

The Lake County Government Center is shown in October 2017 in Crown Point, Indiana. (Photo Provided/Google Street View)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge cleaning a courthouse closet says she discovered two handguns linked to a 1967 homicide — the “Madonna Murder” — that shocked northwestern Indiana.

In 1967, Sharon Potts, a 19-year-old hospital aide, was found dead behind a church in East Chicago.

Police said she had threatened to report that she had been sexually assaulted at a party.

Two people were convicted; one died in prison and another was released in 1983.

Lake County Judge Marissa McDermott says it’s interesting how “something could sit in a box for 50 years and then kind of bring a light.”

The judge would like to see the two guns made inoperable but then kept as “part of Lake County history.”