Zionsville killings of mother, toddler may have been related to dispute over family trust

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By: Rick Callahan/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are working to determine the details of a dispute over a family trust worth millions that they believe led an Indiana man to kill his niece, her 4-year-old son and then himself.

Indiana State Police say 61-year-old Lucius Oliver Hamilton III fatally shot himself inside an Indianapolis hotel room just after officers knocked on the door Wednesday.

Hamilton had been the subject of a manhunt since shortly after the bodies of Katherine Giehll and Raymond Peter Giehll IV were found Wednesday morning in their home in an upscale neighborhood near Zionsville, just northwest of Indianapolis.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen says investigators believe the dispute led to the attack. He called it “a lingering issue that has been going on for the last few years.”