Suspect identified in Waynesville quadruple murder

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Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 12:53 PM

WAYNESVILLE, Ind. -- Police in Barholomew County, Ind. believe they have a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people inside a Waynesville home last month.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett says a 55-year-old Columbus man is the prime and only suspect in the May 11, 2013 shootings.

The suspect’s name isn't being released, but police confirm he's been in jail in Brown County since May 13 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on battery charges.

No murder charges have been filed.

Fifty-three-year-old Katheryn Burton, her 39-year-old boyfriend and two men who were friends of the couple were killed.

Investigators said at the time they believed the murders were drug related.

"Crime scene investigators have recovered the following items from the crime scene. Methamphetamine, several spent shell casings, [and] a knife that was used in one of the homicides," Sheriff Mark Gorbett said in May.

Coroner Larry Fisher said the four victims were shot in the head; each of the males had multiple gunshot wounds. Kathy Burton was also stabbed multiple times.

"This was a very violent and brutal attack...numerous slugs have been recovered," Fisher said.


Kathy Burton's son, Daniel, discovered the victims after he returned home. He told 911 dispatch his big screen TV was missing and he believed it was a botched robbery. 
 

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