COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- A judge has told a county prosecutor he wants to know by Feb. 20 whether he'll seek the death penalty against the man charged with killing four people in a southern Indiana home.
Bartholomew County Judge Stephen Heimann didn't set a hard deadline for that decision. But the judge said in Tuesday's ruling that unless the death penalty ruled out for 56-year-old Samuel Sallee, he'll have to appoint new defense attorneys certified for such cases.
Sallee's current attorneys have sought a prompt decision so his trial can begin in June for the May 2013 deaths in Waynesville, a small community outside Columbus.
Defense lawyer David Nowak tells The Republic (http://bit.ly/1hMrLDQ ) that seeking the death penalty makes little sense since Sallee would never leave prison if convicted.