NE Ind. county has record-tying year of homicides

Pending case could break record

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Allen County ended 2013 with a record-tying 44 homicides, but a case that's still being reviewed by the coroner could make last year the northeastern Indiana county's deadliest year ever.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) that the Allen County Coroner's Office has yet to rule on the August death of 51-year-old Steven Dwayne Turner.

His badly burned body was found inside the trunk of a car parked at an intersection. If Turner's death is eventually ruled as a homicide, it would make 2013 the city's deadliest year on record.

The northeastern Indiana county closed the year with 44 homicides, the same as in 1997 when it had a record number of homicides.

Of the county's 44 homicides last year, 42 of those were in the city of Fort Wayne.

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