By Bob Allen

BUTLER (KDKA) — Police in Butler County are questioning a man in connection with the death of a retired sheriff’s deputy.

State police were still processing evidence Monday night at 74-year-old James Martin’s house on Tenth Street in East Butler Township, where he was found shot to death on Saturday. His home was also ransacked.

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Officers are questioning Cody Howard, 25, in connection with Martin’s death.

Howard was accused of burglarizing Martin’s home in November. Neighbors say a number of weapons were stolen from Martin, who used to be a sheriff’s deputy in Ohio.

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“A neighbor told me that they robbed him, stole his guns,” neighbor Neil Reddig said. “I’m thinking, I don’t know, hopefully not the intruder came back and used it on him. I don’t know.”

Police say Howard has not been charged with Martin’s murder.

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