Man Charged After 3 Bodies Found in Newton County Home

Sebastian Wedding, 24, is accused of murdering two men, ages 20 and 23, and a 39-year-old woman who were found slain inside a rental home Sunday

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the deaths of three people found slain inside a Newton County, Indiana duplex. 

Sebastian Wedding was taken into custody early Monday at his Cedar Lake home, police said, the morning after the bodies of two men and a woman were discovered roughly 20 miles south inside a Sumava Resorts residence. 

Police were dispatched to a home in the 11400 block of North County Road 250 West after 7:30 p.m. Sunday after the grandmother of one of the victims saw a body on the ground in the hallway, according to police. 

The woman, who lived in the rental duplex with the three victims, then ran outside and flagged down passerby who called 911.

Upon arrival, Indiana State Police officers found Justin Babbs, 20, Robert Thomas, 23, and Kimberly Sparks, 39, had been killed inside, authorities said. 

Babbs was found in one room, according to Newton County Sheriff Thomas VanVleet, and Thomas and Sparks were located in an adjacent room. 

All three were pronounced dead on arrival, according to authorities. Details into how the victims died have not been released, but VanVleet said all three suffered an unspecified type of trauma.

“At no time was anybody other than the victims in danger in the area,” VanVleet said. “We believe this was an isolated incident.” 

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department is working with the Indiana State Police on the investigation.

One neighbor, Nick Lucka, told NBC 5 he had witnessed strange behavior at the home at times. 

“Just cars coming and going a lot,” Lucka said. “About every five minutes there will be a car come in, stay for ten minutes and then leave." 

Autopsies on the victims are scheduled for Monday afternoon. 

Wedding is being held at Lake County Jail. He has been charged with three counts of murder, police said.

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