Murder charge filed in 2001 Steuben County slaying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANGOLA, Ind.--- A northeastern Indiana man has been charged with murder in connection with a nearly 13-year-old slaying.

Mark Matthew Fritz was being held without bond in the Steuben County Jail on Thursday following his arrest a day earlier in the slaying of 70-year-old Samuel Butler of Metz.

Court documents say the 49-year-old Butler man admitted to the slaying in a recorded conversation after undercover deputies posing as friends of his niece drove him to her Ohio home.

The Herald-Republican reports Hunter was found dead on June 24, 2001, in a pool of blood in his rural home. His neck had been cut to the bone from behind and the back of his skull had a 2-inch-wide wound.

A telephone message seeking comment was left with Fritz's court-appointed attorney.

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