Arrest Made In High Street Homicide (VIDEOS)

By Emma Koch
By Corinne Rose


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July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Fort Wayne police credit neighbors with helping them crack a homicide case.

Officers took 28-year old Steven Lemler into custody early Friday morning.

He's been charged with a preliminary count of involuntary manslaughter and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

The Allen County coroner ruled that 42-year old Kirk Lecount died from blunt force trauma to the head.

A neighbor found his body in the back yard of a home at 1707 High Street on July 18th.

When interviewed by detectives on the scene, other neighbors said Lecount had been in a fight down the alley the night before, and that someone carried him to his back yard.

Based on the descriptions by eyewitnesses and information from residents in the area, police say they zeroed in on Lemler quickly.

“The information they gave us at the scene that day was immediate, and and it was so valuable that we were able to identify a second location, expand our crime scene and process that area for evidence,” says FWPD spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster.

Also that morning, two people died after being shot in a home on Senate Avenue. Police say a fire was set to cover up their deaths.

But unlike in the High Street homicide, detectives say the public has not come forward with any information to help them in this case. And getting those calls from people, whether anonymously or directly to the detective bureau, is crucial in helping crack a case.

Crime scene technicians were able to recover evidence from the home, and are hoping security cameras will be able to help point them to a suspect.

In the meantime, if you know anything, you're encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 436-STOP. You could get money for your tip.

Previous Report
The Allen County Coroner has ruled the death of man found behind a home on High St. Thursday a homicide.

Kirk D. Lecount, 42, was found lying dead behind a home in the 1700 block of High Street. The Coroner has ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Police were called to the 1700 block of High Street after a neighbor reported a body located behind the home.

Emergency officials found a male dead behind the residence.

Police believe the victim was a resident of the home. While detectives were on the scene, neighbors reported that there was a disturbance in the neighborhood that the victim may have been involved in.

"We're very fortunate. Many of the residents are coming forward, they're coming out, they're reporting to us what they heard last night, what they saw last night. And as a result of that, we've expanded our crime scene. We've identified a second location as a part of our crime scene and we've expanded it and we will be processing it for evidence," said FWPD spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster.

They say the disturbance happened in the alley Wednesday evening just west of where the body was found.

Residents called 911 saying one of their neighbors was lying in the back yard. But what they didn't know is how long he may have been there.

That's because once officers arrived, residents told them the man had an alcohol problem, so it wasn't unusual to see him lying in various spots nearby.

Officers think that may be why no one called right away when they saw him in the back yard earlier in the day.

This is listed as the 26th Homicide in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2013.

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