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June 18, 2013

Suspect in killing of 4 facing charges


Gorbett previously said a rifle was recovered from the scene, but investigators said they didn't know if the rifle was connected with the killings of 53-year-old Katheryn Burton, her longtime boyfriend, Thomas Smith, 39, and two friends, Aaron Cross and Shawn Burton, both 41-year-old Columbus residents.

County Coroner Larry Fisher said Katheryn Burton was shot and stabbed multiple times, and he described her slaying as "very vicious." The other victims all had multiple gunshot wounds.

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