Federal gun charges keep Sallee in jail

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Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash said he’s in no hurry to file formal criminal charges in the May 11 Waynesville quadruple homicide case, although he confirmed Tuesday that 55-year-old Samuel E. Sallee of Columbus has become the prime suspect in the case.

Also Tuesday, federal authorities announced that Sallee had been indicted May 29 on federal firearms charges for having a .22-caliber rifle in his possession around the time of the slayings. The federal charges were kept under seal in federal court for three weeks until announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Criminal charges are sometimes kept from the public for short periods to allow a companion investigation to move ahead without key information leaking to the public.


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