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June 20, 2012

Pipe bombs found at Lizton murder site

LIZTON — Monday was Emily Giles’ 26th birthday. But by the end of the day, officers with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department were investigating her murder and the subsequent suicide attempt by her husband, Michael Giles, 37.

In the course of that investigation, police this morning announced that they had obtained a search warrant for the couple’s home, where the murder took place, and found a metal box containing 17 pipe bombs loaded with nails and BB’s.

A caller, reportedly an employee of Michael’s, told a 911 dispatcher of the shooting in the 8200 block of County Road 400 West, which is west of Lizton. When emergency crews arrived, they found two people with gunshot wounds.

Authorities have not released the name of the witness.

The witness told police that he and the Gileses were drinking alcohol when the couple began to argue.

“There was a gentleman who rents the place out back,” Lt. Jim Yetter of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department said. “He’s an employee of the suspect, and he told us that the three of them were out where he rents, behind the residence, having some drinks. The male suspect was intoxicated and an argument ensued. At some point, they both left the back building and the witness heard one shot, went to see what was going on, and saw the victim lying on the sidewalk.”

Yetter said the witness told authorities that when he went to investigate, he saw Emily Giles lying on the sidewalk near the house and then saw Michael walking around the area. At that point, he said, he fled and then heard at least two more shots.

Emily was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael, who sustained what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the lower face, was taken to St. Vincent Medical Center in Indianapolis and was reported to be in serious condition.

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