Witness heard ‘pops and cracks’ night of killings


Carl “Greg” Furkin, a next-door neighbor of the victims of a 2013 quadruple homicide in Waynesville, took the stand Wednesday afternoon in the Samuel E. Sallee trial.

Furkin lives on East Main Cross Street, next to where Katheryn M. Burton, Thomas W. Smith, Shawn L. Burton and Aaron T. Cross were shot to death May 11, 2013, in the woman’s home.

During testimony, Furkin said he heard “pops and cracks” coming from next door, possibly about 8:30 p.m. the night of the killings. That time would be a half-hour after surveillance video taken in Garden City — five miles north of Waynesville — shows Sallee driving into Columbus on State Road 11.

When pressed by attorneys to provide an exact timeline, however, Furkin admitted he was not certain what time he heard the noises.

Donna Clark, an acquaintance of Furkin, testified that she had dropped him off near the murder scene between 7:30 and 8 p.m that night.

That would be just minutes after both the defense and prosecuting attorneys agree Sallee left the murder scene.

Clark told the jury the crime scene appeared dark and quiet when she drove by after dropping Furkin off.

The trial is expected to resume at 8:30 a.m. today.

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