Warsaw man charged with murder for strangling roommate

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

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

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department responded to the Hide-Away-Hills Mobile Home Park on W. County Road 250 around 12:47 p.m. Sunday in regards to a welfare check.

At the scene, officers found a dead man, who appeared to have been strangled by a cord. The victim is 51-year-old Lionel Dale King.

King's roommate, 54-year-old Robert Edward Hurley was arrested without incident and transported to the Sheriff's department. It was Hurley's family who initially contacted police earlier in the day for the welfare check. Hurley had contacted his family prior to his arrest about his involvement in the strangling.

KCSD crime scene detectives, who assisted police with the incident, obtained evidence on-scene that King's body had been strangled by a cord and dragged into a bedroom in the mobile home.

After obtaining search warrants, Hurley was arrested with no bond for the preliminary charge of murder.

The actual cause of death has not been formally determined pending an autopsy scheduled Monday morning.

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