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•Crime Stoppers is featuring the double homicide of Terry Lagrone and Desiree Sheets as the Crime of the Week. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Tips sought in slaying of couple found in fire

Detectives continue to hunt for whoever fatally shot a couple this month in a southeast-side home and set it on fire in what police say was likely an attempt to cover up the killings.

“We need the public’s help in this. We don’t have a strong suspect at this point in time,” Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said Tuesday. “We need all the information we can get.”

Police still believe the shootings at 3215 Senate Ave. were not random and that the couple, Terry Lagrone, 40, and Desiree Sheets, 19, were targeted, York said.

Police have said the couple’s family members, friends and neighbors have been forthcoming with information. York said Tuesday that detectives are sorting through a considerable amount of information as they try to narrow their focus on a specific suspect.

York declined to disclose what investigators believe motivated the killings, only saying that it appears criminal activity played a role.

Lagrone had a criminal history involving drugs, including a 1997 conviction for dealing cocaine that netted him a 20-year prison sentence. He was released in 2008, according to Indiana court records.

Indiana law allows inmates one day of credit for each day served with good behavior, potentially cutting their sentences in half.

Sheets had never been arrested in Indiana, according to court records.

The deaths of Lagrone and Sheets were discovered the morning of July 18 when firefighters were sent to the Senate Avenue home near McMillen Park to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters searching the burning home found the two bodies.

Fire investigators determined that arson was the cause.

York said an accelerant was used to start the fire.

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