Waynesville slaying suspect faces federal indictment on firearms charge

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INDIANAPOLIS – A Bartholomew County man identified as the prime suspect in the quadruple slaying in Waynesville now faces federal firearms charges.

According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, Samuel Sallee illegally had a firearm in his possession when questioned by police about the killings. Under law, convicted felons are prohibited from having guns. Hogsett said Sallee was in possession of a Ruger, Model 10/22 .22 caliber rifle.

Hogsett said Sallee has a number of felony convictions, including a 2005 charge of intimidation in Jennings County, a 1989 charge of driving while intoxicated and other charges related to controlled substances.

He was being held in an unrelated case on state charges, but had a “hold” placed on him as a result of the federal indictment. This hold ensures that if Sallee were to pay his bond on the local charges, The U.S. Marshals Service would take him into custody.

On Monday, Sallee was named as the suspect in the killings of Katheryn Burton, 53; Thomas W. Smith, 39; Aaron Cross, 41; and Shawn Burton, 41 in Waynesville.

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