Sallee prosecutor decides against death penalty

Samuel Sallee

A prosecutor says he'll seek life imprisonment without parole against a man charged with killing four people inside a southern Indiana home last year.
Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash told The Republic Thursday that before deciding not to seek the death penalty against 56-year-old Samuel Sallee, he met with about 20 family members of the woman and three men slain in May 2013 in Waynesville, a small community outside Columbus.
A judge last month told Nash he wanted to know by Thursday whether Nash would seek the death penalty because he would need to appoint new defense attorneys certified to handle such cases. Sallee's trial on four counts of murder is scheduled to begin in June.
Sallee has denied killing the four victims, who he said were his friends.

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