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Posted: Saturday, 14 December 2013 6:33AM

Columbus Man Charged in Shootings



A Columbus man considered the sole suspect in the May shooting deaths of four people has now been charged in those killings.

Bartholomew County prosecutors charged 56-year-old Samuel Earl Sallee yesterday with four counts of murder.

Bartholomew County Sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the Columbus man became a person of interest shortly after the May 11 slayings of 53-year-old Katheryn Burton, her 39-year-old boyfriend, Thomas Smith, and two friends, Aaron Cross and Shawn Burton, both 41-year-old Columbus residents.

Their bodies were found in a home in Waynesville.

Sallee was jailed two days after the killings for failing to appear in court on unrelated battery charges. He's being held at a federal facility on firearms charges.

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