FORT WAYNE – No one randomly broke in and killed the couple.
They were targeted.
That's what Fort Wayne police are saying about a double homicide in a home that had been set ablaze.
Terry Lee Lagrone, 40, and Desiree L. Sheets, 19, were found inside a burning house at 3215 Senate Ave. just before 9 a.m. Thursday.
Firefighters arrived minutes after the blaze was reported and found the two inside already dead.
Friday, the Allen County coroner ruled their deaths homicides. Both victims had been shot to death.
The deaths bring to 26 the number of homicides in Allen County this year. There were 30 homicides in the county last year.
Also Friday, the city fire department confirmed that the cause of the fire was arson.
According to police, whoever set the fire likely tried to cover up the killings.
At the scene of the fire, family members, friends and neighbors were cooperative and forthcoming with information, police said.
Detectives had not confirmed a motive in the killings as of Friday afternoon, but they believed Lagrone and Sheets were specifically targeted.
Lagrone has 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 has never been arrested in Indiana, according to court records.
The investigation is ongoing, according to law enforcement officials, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.