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Sallee won’t face death penalty


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Samuel E. Sallee, 56, faces murder charges in the deaths of four people May 11, 2013, in Waynesville, Ind.
Samuel E. Sallee, 56, faces murder charges in the deaths of four people May 11, 2013, in Waynesville, Ind.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash said late Thurday that he will seek life imprisonment without parole against suspect Samuel E. Salee in the death of four people last May in Waynesville.

Sallee, 56, of Columbus, is charged with murder in the May 11 deaths of Katheryn Burton, 53; Thomas W. Smith, 39; Aaron T. Cross, 41; and Shawn L. Burton, 40.  

The Sallee trial is expected to begin this summer.

Nash said he had met with about 20 family members, some in groups and others individually, before reaching his decision. One of the biggest factors was the amount of time family members would likely wait for justice to be carried out if Sallee were to be found guilty. 

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