INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The prime suspect in the murder of four people in Waynesville is now being held on Federal charges.
Newly unsealed documents show evidence has been discovered that could tie the suspect to one of the murder victims.
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Samuel Sallee, 55, has not yet been charged in the Waynesville murders, but now he is in federal holding cell in Indianapolis for illegally possessing a firearm.
But its what investigators found along with the weapon, a rifle, that could have greater impact on this case.
According to the Bartholmew County Sheriff, Sallee is the prime suspect in the May 11th murders of Kathryn Burton, Thomas Smith, Aaron Cross and Shawn Burton. It's alleged that Sallee was at the residence where the four were killed on the day of the murders. The son of one of the victims told authorities that Sallee was trying to sell or trade a rifle for methamphetamine.
In court documents unsealed Monday, it was revealed a search of a garage at Sallee's home uncovered a Ruger 22 caliber rifle and something else.
"One of the things that is identified in that criminal complaint for example, is jewelry that was found at his home, that is alleged to have been owned by one of the victims of the homicide," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Joe Hogsett.
Because Sallee is a convicted felon he cannot legally own a firearm. Sallee was in prison on a previous unrelated state charge and would have been released Monday, but federal authorities immediately took him into custody on the firearms charge.
He will have a detention hearing on Thursday in Federal Court in Indianapolis, asking to be released pending a trial on the firearms charge. The US attorney will work to keep him in custody.
If he's convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison on the gun charge.
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