MUNCIE, Ind. — On Sunday, an acquaintance was fatally shot outside Michael Eugene Kirby Sr.'s house in the 1500 block of South Rochester Avenue.
On Monday, the 49-year-old Kirby was arrested on heroin-dealing charges.
Two Muncie men that reports indicated were cousins — Timothy Lee Hahn, 52, and Kenneth Ray Burden, 54 — reportedly encountered one another outside Kirby's home about 3:40 p.m. Sunday.
The men had apparently been feuding in recent weeks, and Hahn shoved Burden off of Kirby's porch before Burden — later arrested on a preliminary count of murder — allegedly shot him in the chest.
In the wake of Hahn's homicide, Kirby was interviewed by Muncie police about the slaying.
He said Burden "who owed him some money," was visiting Kirby's home on Sunday afternoon before Hahn arrived.
An affidavit filed Monday indicated Kirby was already under police investigation at the time of Sunday's shooting.
On Oct. 25, he reportedly sold 3.6 grams of heroin to an informant for the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force.
Authorities served a search warrant at Kirby's home after Sunday's slaying. They reportedly found about seven grams of a substance believed to be heroin and a smaller amount of meth.
Arrested Monday, Kirby allegedly admitted he "had been dealing out of the house to five to 10 people a day."
He continued to be held in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday under a $50,000 bond, preliminarily charged with two counts of dealing in heroin, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.
Another witness in the homicide investigation — Destiny Renee Johnson, 33, of Muncie — was also arrested after she allegedly spit in a police officer's face.
Johnson reportedly became enraged when officers said they intended to keep her cellphone to be examined.
She was preliminarily charged with battery against a public safety official, criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement. She has since been released from the jail.
Two other people were arrested in the wake of the homicide.
According to police reports, Angela Kay Doughty, 55, and Jeremy Duane McKee, 36, on Sunday afternoon had accompanied Burden to the southside neighborhood where the shooting took place.
While Doughty performed a task at a relative's home, Burden reportedly walked to Kirby's nearby house, where he would encounter Hahn.
Burden also left the area with Doughty and McKee after the shooting, police reports said.
Both Doughty and McKee were preliminarily charged with assisting a criminal.
McKee — who reportedly had a .25-caliber handgun and crack cocaine in his possession when arrested — was also preliminarily charged with with carrying a handgun without a license and possession of cocaine.
He continued to be held in the jail on Tuesday. Doughty had been released from custody.
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Witness in homicide investigation held on heroin-dealing charges