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MURDER CHARGES: Warsaw man allegedly strangled roommate

March 4, 2013

WARSAW — A Warsaw man has been preliminarily charged with murder after allegedly strangling his roommate.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Hide-Away-Hills Mobile Home Park, 2441 W. CR 250 South, lot #34, at approximately 12:47 p.m. Sunday in regards to conducting a welfare check. Officers arrived and located a deceased male and immediately contacted the K.C.S.D. crime scene investigator, detectives, and the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office. The victim, identified as Lionel Dale King, 51, appeared to have been strangled by a cord according to investigators.

Deputies detained the roommate, Robert Edward Hurley, 54, without incident and transported him to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. Kosciusko County detectives determined that Hurley had contacted a family as related to his involvement in the strangling earlier in the day. Family members immediately contacted the sheriff’s department and provided this information which led to the initial welfare check on King. K.C.S.D. crime scene technicians obtained evidence that was indicative of King’s body being strangled by a cord and then subsequently dragged into a bedroom in the mobile home.

K.C.S.D. detectives obtained search warrants for the residence as the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office placed a prosecutorial hold, no bond, on Hurley for the preliminary charge of murder (intentional killing of another) due to the conclusionary evidenced obtained.

The actual cause of death has not formally been determined pending an autopsy scheduled this morning at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne. Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson stated that his office will provide more information as it becomes available.

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