Witness: ‘Pops and cracks’ heard night of quadruple homicide

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – The quadruple homicide trial continued on Wednesday, with a next-door neighbor of the victims giving testimony about what he heard the night of the murders.

Carl “Greg” Furkin, the Waynesville neighbor of Katheryn M. Burton, Thomas W. Smith, Shawn L. Burton and Aaron T. Cross, appeared in court Wednesday to speak about his experience the night his neighbors were shot to death, on May 11, 2013.

Furkin said he was dropped off at his house on East Main Street, near the murder scene, by his friend, Donna Clark, between 7:30 and 8 p.m. that night.

That is just minutes after both the defense and prosecuting attorneys agree the suspect, Samuel E. Sallee, left the murder scene.

Furkin told the jury that he heard “pops and cracks” from next door, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the night of the murders. This would be half an hour after surveillance video in Garden City, five miles north of Waynesville, shows Sallee driving SR 11 into Columbus.

When pressed, Furkin admitted he was uncertain about the time he heard the noises.

Samuel E. Sallee faces four counts of murder for the quadruple homicide.


How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.