A man suspected of killing four people in Bartholomew County is facing prosecution for a separate federal gun charge.
Samuel Sallee, 55, of Columbus is charged with owning a rifle even though he is a convicted felon.
A federal magistrate will hold a hearing on Thursday to decide whether Sallee should remain in federal custody. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says Sallee is a flight risk and should remain in federal prison.
So far, Sallee has not been charged with the murders of three men and a woman in Waynesville on May 11. But he remains a suspect in the case.
Sallee had been held in the Brown County Jail since May on an assault charge not related to the other cases. He pleaded guilty to that charge last week and was sentenced to six months in jail. But with credit for time served, he could have been released from jail over the weekend.
Hogsett would not say whether that is the reason he requested a hold on Sallee before the federal gun charges were filed. But Hogsett said his prosecutors always work with local law enforcement to ensure all charges against suspects are pursued.
Hogsett says police found a rifle in Sallee’s possession three days after the murders, but adds they do not know whether it was used in the shootings.
Sallee denies any involvement in the Waynesville murders. He faces up to ten years in federal prison if convicted on the gun charge.