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High Street death ruled homicide; blunt force


– To his neighbors on High Street, seeing Kirk Lecount lying on the ground outside for extended periods of time was not all that unusual.

One woman even described it as normal, while another neighbor said he slept outside all the time.

But one neighbor saw him facedown in his backyard Thursday afternoon, and when police showed up he was dead.

Friday, the Allen County coroner ruled the 42-year-old's death a homicide.

Someone had caused blunt-force trauma to Lecount's head, according to the coroner.

Officers found Lecount in the backyard of 1707 High St. about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. It's unclear how long Lecount had been there.

Witnesses said he had been involved in a fight in an alley the night before, though that altercation was never reported to police.

Lecount was arrested in 2009 on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property, but those charges were quickly dropped by Allen County prosecutors.

Lecount's killing was one of three discovered Thursday afternoon.

Terry Lee Lagrone, 40, and Desiree Sheets, 19, were found shot to death in a home that had been set on fire the same afternoon.

Lecount's killing is unrelated to Lagrone's and Sheets' deaths, police said.

But the three deaths bring Allen County's homicide tally to 26 for the year.

Last year, there were 30 homicides in the county.

No arrest has been made in Lecount's death.

Anyone with information about what may have happened is asked to call Fort Wayne police at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7876.