Bartholomew County Murders Were Drug-Related, Sheriff Says

All four people found dead in a Waynesville home this weekend were shot in the head, an autopsy report shows.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett confirmed Tuesday the home where four people were killed Saturday was a haven for drugs.

Gorbett says law enforcement found methamphetamine at the home where the bodies were found. Shell casings and a knife used in at least one death were also recovered.

Authorities also released an emergency call placed by Daniel Burton, who lived in the home with his mother and some friends and returned from work to find the house ransacked and his housemates dead.

Gorbett says Burton is not a suspect and has been cooperating with police. Sheriff’s officials have interviewed two people they call “persons of interest,” but say no suspects are in custody.

All four victims were shot in the head, according to autopsy report.

Kathy Burton, 53, was both shot and stabbed. The other three victims, Thomas Smith, 39, Aaron Cross, 41, and Shawn Burton, 40, died of gunshot wounds to the head, as well as multiple shots to other parts of the body, Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher confirmed.

It will still be several weeks before toxicology and ballistics tests are complete.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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