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Last updated: Sun. Dec. 01, 2013 - 08:01 am EDT

Indiana man shot dead by police faced arrest warrant

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana man fatally shot Thursday by police was facing an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation stemming from his role in the 2007 killings of two men whose dismembered bodies were found stuffed inside barrels.

Court records show the Brown County deputies who fatally shot Troy Harden, 44, at his Nashville-area home were serving an arrest warrant alleging that he had violated the terms of his probation, The Herald-Times reported.

Indiana State Police continue to investigate the circumstances of Harden's fatal shooting and authorities have not released additional details on the shooting.

Harden had testified in 2009 against Jerry Pelfree, who was convicted in the March 2007 killings of 35-year-old Douglas Brown and 23-year-old Everett Shaw. Harden told jurors he witnessed Pelfree murder the two men, whose decomposing bodies were found stuffed into storage barrels on Pelfree's property west of Bloomington.

Pelfree received a 130-year prison sentence in the killings.

Harden had pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal for helping Pelfree dispose of the victims' bodies. He testified that he helped Pelfree clean bloodstained carpet in Pelfree's living room and that they had burned the couch Brown had been sitting on when he was shot.

Harden avoided a prison term, but was placed on home detention at his parents' house for four years, followed by one year of probation.

According to court records, a Monroe County probation officer had filed a petition Nov. 12 to revoke Harden's suspended sentence, alleging that he had violated terms of his probation.

Court records do not reveal what that violation was, but the deputies who shot Harden had gone to the door of his home northwest of Nashville on Thursday night to serve the warrant and take him to jail.

During Pelfree's trial, Harden testified that Pelfree used a saw and large hammer to get the victims' bodies to fit into the barrels.


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