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Bartholomew County sheriff: Quadruple homicide suspect in Brown County jail
Updated on: 06.17.13

COLUMBUS — A 55-year-old Columbus man, behind bars since May 13, has been named as the sole suspect in the slayings of four people in a Waynesville home. He is currently in the Brown County jail.

Samuel E. Sallee was identified tonight by Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett as "the prime and only suspect at this time" in the May 11 shooting deaths of Katheryn M. Burton, Thomas W. Smith, Aaron T. Cross and Shawn L. Burton.

"It's one of the most heinous crimes to ever happen in our community," Gorbett said.

Sallee was taken into custody by Bartholomew County deputies May 13 on a Brown County warrant of failure to appear at a court proceeding. That case involved a Brown County battery that was reported Feb. 27.

While still in the Bartholomew County jail, Sallee was arrested by Bartholomew County authorities on a charge of receiving stolen property. However, Sallee was never charged for such a crime — and two days later was transferred to the Brown County jail, where he is still in custody.

In his Bartholomew County jail booking report, Sallee's address was listed as 380 Parkway Drive, Columbus. That's the location where Indiana State Police investigators were seen collecting evidence May 13-14.

Read more details in Tuesday's edition of The Republic.

-- The Republic staff

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