Court reviews how man got early jail release before slayings


Authorities last Friday found more than 60 guns in the home of Thomas Hartless, the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, a police officer, and a nurse at a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio last week before fatally shooting himself.

A coroner says the OH police chief slain by a gunman who killed two others in a nursing home last week died from a shotgun wound as he exited his auto.

Another report surfaced, which shows how the people died and nothing else, there was no new news of Hartless's other victims, but the experts believe only around 500 people was living in the village and has no news on other killings so far.

A search warrant was executed at his home on Oakland Avenue in Utica. Nurse's aide Cindy Krantz was killed with a shotgun.

He was not allowed to possess firearms due to a 2010 felony abduction conviction.

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He had served less than three weeks of a 90-day jail sentence Higgins issued on March 23. Licking County Municipal Court's probation department reviewed how his case was handled and is changing procedures after finding errors were made.

According to court and police records, Hartless had stayed at Medrano's home as recently as eight days before the shooting.

"I am not trying to validate why he acted the way he did", Medrano's letter said.

A neighbor told police Medrano had taken refuge in her house during one of Hartlesss's attacks.

Another woman obtained a protection order against Hartless in 2009. His funeral service will be held Saturday in Grove City.