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Police using DNA evidence to solve Lebanon murder and knife attack

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LEBANON, Ind. – Police are using DNA evidence and tips from the public to solve the murder of a Lebanon man.

Max Foster, 73, was stabbed to death and his wife Sonja, 68, was severely injured when someone broke into their home Sunday morning.

“Shocking, this is a very small and tight-knit community,” said Lebanon Police Chief Tyson Warmoth. “It is very rare that we have violent crime like this in Lebanon.”

Police believe a man came in the back door of the home and attacked the couple while they were asleep. Sonja was able to get away and ran for help.

“Miss Foster put up a very good fight,” said Chief Warmoth.

Police have Zachariah Wright, 19, in custody as a person of interest. Right now, he is being held on a probation violation. Police are processing DNA evidence found inside of the home to determine whether charges will be filed against Wright in the attack.

“There are some blood and possibly some hair evidence,” said Chief Warmoth.

Police are also investigating whether Wright is connected to a burglary that happened down the street, just a short time before the attack.

FOX59 spoke with a neighbor who told police that she spotted a strange man in the area at least twice in the week before the attack.

“The guy looked out of place. He walked around the house and turned around and came back. It was a just odd,” said Chief Warmoth.

No charges have yet been filed against Wright. He remains behind bars at the Boone County Jail.

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