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East Chicago, Indiana councilman in jail facing murder charge wins second term

East Chicago 3rd District Councilman Robert "Coop" Battle spent Election Day in the Lake County Jail pending a murder charge.

He's accused of shooting to death on Oct. 12 Reimundo Camarillo Jr., in the 4200 block of Euclid Avenue in East Chicago, according to court records.

He also faces a federal drug charge stemming from a traffic stop in Porter County where police found 73.22 grams of marijuana and $100,700 in cash.

Despite his pending legal battles that could take months if not years to sort out in the courts, Battle ran unopposed in Tuesday's election.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Battle did not request an absentee ballot to vote from the jail.