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Witness tells FWPD disrespect of woman might have led to High Street homicide

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 6:05 am

The death of a man who lived on High Street allegedly took place after he somehow "disrespected" a woman, according to the probable-cause affidavit filed in the case.

Steven L. Lemler, 28, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kirk Lecount, who was found dead on July 18 in the back yard of a residence in the 1700 block of High Street.

The Allen County Coroner's Office ruled that Lecount, 42, died of blunt-force trauma to the head, with the death ruled a homicide, the 26th of the year in the county.

The probable-cause affidavit alleges that Lecount "had been beaten up the night before" and that he was drinking alcohol with several individuals, and that numerous witnesses all recounted to Fort Wayne Police Department investigators either hearing, seeing or being aware that Lemler had allegedly struck Lecount, with one witness description claiming "he then saw Steven Lemler punch Kirk Lecount 2-3 times in the face while he was knocked out in the blue recliner and saw blood coming from his mouth. He said that he also observed Steven Lemler throw and hit Kirk Lecount in the head with a red cooler."

The affidavit states that one witness told investigators that Lemler allegedly took Lecount's sandals down to the back yard where he was found the next morning and threw them over the fence, while another witness told investigators that Lemler told him "If anyone asks you, tell them that Kirk jumped thru the fence" and "tell them that Kirk came here with two friends," while adding that Lemler said "I blasted him a couple of times and put him in the backyard."

Lemler, when interviewed by investigators, allegedly stated that he had taken the sandals back to the High Street residence the next morning but that he never saw a body, He acknowledged that he had been drinking the night before with Lecount but said that he never battered him.