Man charged in Elkhart slaying says he met victim online

Court documents say a 22-year-old man charged with murder in the slaying of a former northern Indiana city councilman told detectives he met the victim responding to an online advertisement for casual encounters.
Documents say Cody Garman of Elkhart told detectives the victim, 66-year-old former Goshen Councilman David Swartley, drove to Garman’s home early on May 25 and the two left together in Swartley’s car. He told them the two began arguing, and Garman struck Swartley in the head with a closed fist at least two times.
First responders found Swartley in the car later that morning and he was pronounced dead at a hospital. An autopsy showed Swartley died of massive head and facial trauma.
Prosecutors charged Garman with murder over the weekend. He remained held without bond Wednesday.   (AP)

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