(Waynesville, Ind.) - There is a suspect in custody for the murders of four people in Bartholomew County.
On May 11, four people were found dead in a home in Waynesville, Indiana, about 10 miles south of Columbus. The son of victim Katheryn Burton, 53, returned home from work that night to discover his mother as well as Thomas W. Smith, 39; Aaron T. Cross, 41; and Shawn L. Burton, 40, all dead from gunshots.
Investigators previously stated the murders were drug-related. Katheryn Burton and Thomas Smith lived in the home.
Samuel E. Sallee, 55, was indicted May 29 on a federal weapons charge, the Columbus Republic reported. He allegedly had a .22-caliber rifle in his possession around the time of the slayings.
Sallee, a Columbus resident, has not been charged with the murders, but Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett has identified him as the prime suspect.
Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash also called Sallee the main suspect. The prosecutor said there is no rush to file charges.
Sallee spoke to the Indianapolis Star following his arrest on the weapons charge two days after the murders. He told the newspaper that he had been at Burton and Smith’s home several hours before the killings. However, he said he did not commit the murders.