What we know about accused Kirkersville killer Thomas Hartless


Police identify the man behind a killing spree in Licking County Friday as 43-year-old Thomas Hartless of Utica.

Records uncovered by 10 Investigates detail a history of violence by Hartless stretching back to 1992.

There was an active protection order against him filed on May 5, just one week prior to the killings.

He had domestic violence charges involving that woman in March of this year, January of this year, and December 2016.

In March he pleaded guilty. In April he was released from jail, with the rest of his sentence suspended. He was placed on probation for a year.

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In 2010, he spent eight months in prison on convictions for Aggravated Assault and Abduction out Knox County.

In that case, an ex-girlfriend said he beat and choked her.

She told police that he heard voices in his head that told him to kill her, hurt her and torture her.

He also has an assault conviction from 1992.

Last year one woman wrote, "He punched me in the face with this right fist...he started to choke me."

"He makes threats to hunt me and kill me if we are not together. He has a handgun."

It was a handwritten letter one week ago where she wrote, "I'm afraid to be alone with him, that he will hurt me for good."

In the most recent case, his girlfriend requested a protection order on May 5. An emergency order was granted, with a second hearing set for May 18.

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