Bartholomew Co. man faces federal gun charges, murder charges expected soon

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He’s already in a Brown County jail, now a Columbus man faces federal firearms charges and could even face multiple murder charges in the deaths of four people in Waynesville last month.

On Monday, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department named 55-year-old Samuel Sallee as the prime suspect in the murders of Kathy Burton, Shawn Burton, Aaron Cross and Tommy Smith.

All four were found shot inside a Waynesville home on May 11. Kathy Burton also suffered multiple stab wounds. Her son, Daniel, discovered the bodies after coming home from work.

Burton told 911 dispatchers that he remembered a man named Sam at the house who had a gun with him before he left for work that night.

Steve Furkin, Shawn Burton’s older brother who lives next door in Waynesville, said he’s glad investigators have a suspect and wants justice for his brother.

“I’d like to see the death sentence held on him, but I think that’s too quick. I would rather let him just rot in jail,” said Furkin.

Investigators found meth inside the home. Relatives believe the murders are the result of a drug deal.

Samuel Sallee declined Fox 59’s request for an interview. He’s being held on a $5,000 bond on unrelated battery charge in Brown County.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, he’s not going anywhere soon. Sallee also faces federal charges for illegal possession of a .22-caliber rifle last month. He’s been in jail since May 17, six days after the Waynesville slayings.

Formal murder charges could be filed soon in Bartholomew County.

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