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Sallee defense wants decision on death penalty possibility


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Samuel E. Sallee's defense attorney and the Bartholomew County prosecutor disagree over how quickly the state should have to decide whether to seek the death penalty for the suspect in the Waynesville quadruple slayings case.

Defense attorney David Nowak argued in a motion filed this week that Prosecutor Bill Nash should decide right away whether to seek the death penalty so a scheduled June 24 murder trial can occur without delays.

Sallee, 56, of Columbus has been charged with four counts of murder in connection with the May 11 shooting deaths of Katheryn M. Burton, 53; Thomas W. Smith, 39; Aaron T. Cross, 41; and Shawn L. Burton, 40. All of the victims were found slain in a Waynesville home that evening when Katheryn Burton's adult son came home from work.

For more on this story, see Friday's Republic.

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