Salem police investigate homicide

The victim of yesterday’s homicide on Watson Av NE has been identified as LeAnn Baty of Salem. The suspect, Derek S. Beaton of Salem has been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

All future information releases will be by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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On Friday, February 15, 2019, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Salem Police patrol officers responded to a residence in the 3600 block of Watson AV NE on the report of a stabbing. When officers arrived they found inside the residence a deceased 55-year-old woman.

The male suspect was detained at the location. The scene was locked down and Salem Police detectives are continuing their investigation.

The identity of the victim will not be released until next-of-kin have been notified. The suspect’s identity will not be released until detectives have formally charged him.

After identifications future information releases will be handled by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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