Police release new information on murders of four men

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BUCYRUS, Ohio-- A man, who police say is a person of interest in four homicides, is expected in court Thursday.

Police said Donald Hoffman, 41, has been held in jail since Tuesday and is expected to be charged soon.

Bucyrus Police Chief David Koepke said Hoffman walked into the police station Tuesday and gave details on all four murders.

Koepke said all four victims were killed the same way. “Typical injuries consistent with blunt force trauma to the head,” Koepke said.

The victims were all found in their homes. Their names were released Wednesday. The victims were identified as Billy Jack Chatman, 55, Freelin Hensley, 55, Darrel Lewis, 67, and Gerald Lee Smith, 65.

“As time goes on we learn more and more about the victims and how dear they were to their families,” Koepke said.

The four murders have left the community of 12,000 grief stricken and city officials said it’s time to begin the healing process.  A community prayer vigil is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at city hall.

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