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Published: Wednesday, 2/24/2010

2004 Fostoria grad slain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The prosecutor's office was expected to file charges today against an Indianapolis man arrested after a former Fostoria woman and her fiance's mother were found dead of gunshot wounds in the home they shared, police said Tuesday.

Elizabeth Newcomer, 24, a 2004 graduate of Fostoria High School, was killed in the attack Saturday along with Linda Nickle, 61.

Police Sgt. Paul Thompson said the women were found about 5 p.m. by a friend of Ms. Nickle's son who had gone there to check on them at his request. Ms. Newcomer's fiance was out of town at the time and could not reach them by phone.

Less than a half-hour after the shootings, Ms. Nickle's boyfriend, Elwin Hart, 63, called police and said he was the person they were looking for, Sergeant Thompson said.

Police picked up Mr. Hart at a nearby church about 5:30 p.m. and said they found a semiautomatic handgun in his vehicle, suspected marijuana, and a pipe believed to be used for drugs.

Sergeant Thompson said investigators believe the shootings erupted from a domestic incident, although police had no record of prior domestic violence reports at the home where Mr. Hart and Ms. Nickle lived.

“Newcomer had moved in. … Apparently [Mr. Hart] wasn't too happy with the arrangements of the kids moving in. There may have been some other details we can't release right now, but we think that is the focal point of what happened.”

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