Indiana Supreme Court hears Sallee appeal

The Indiana Supreme Court heard an appeal for a Bartholomew County man facing life in prison for a May 2013 quadruple homicide.

The five-member body held a brief hearing Thursday morning. Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” report that during the hearing, Columbus attorney Jane Ann Noblitt argued there was a lack of forensic evidence used to convict 58-year-old Samuel Sallee.

Sallee was convicted nearly one-year ago in the murders of Katheryn M. Burton, Thomas W. Smith, Aaron T. Cross and Shawn L. Burton. Their bodies were found inside of a Waynesville home by one of the victim’s family members. Police reports said that all four victims had been shot, while Katheryn Burton also had been stabbed.

A Bartholomew County jury found Sallee to be guilty of four counts of murder. He was to four consecutive sentences of life without parole by Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann.

There has been no word from the Indiana Supreme Court as to when they might reach a decision in the case.