17-year-old kills teens in grandparents garage sets bodies on fire
March 11, 2019 | Brainwave Science
In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old man allegedly killed two Indiana teenagers in his grandparents’ garage and then set their bodies on fire inside their car. Connor Kerner was arrested on Saturday for the murders of 19-year-old Molley Lanham and 18-year-old Thomas Grill. Kerner, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was charged with two counts of murder and is being tried as an adult. The two victims, Grill and Lanham, from Indiana were last seen on Feb. 25. On Saturday morning sheriff’s detectives started investigating information from “an anonymous source,” who said the missing teenagers were killed by Kerner, the sheriff’s office said. The anonymous source allegedly said he or she was at Kerner’s home on Feb. 25 when Kerner said, “I killed someone and I killed an innocent girl,” according to court documents.17-year-old kills
The source told authorities that Kerner said the murders happened in his grandparents’ garage while they were out of town, according to court documents. The source said Kerner said Grill came over with his girlfriend, Lanham, for a drug deal, and when Grill tried to rob him, he shot him, according to court documents.17-year-old kills
“Grill fell to the ground and was begging for his life,” the source said, according to documents. “Kerner advised that he panicked due to being out of bullets in the gun. Kerner then beat him with a pipe wrench until he died.”17-year-old kills
Lanham was out at the car at the time, and the source said Kerner had Lanham come into the garage and showed her Grill’s body, according to court documents.17-year-old kills
Kerner “informed her that he was going to let her go, but if she told, he would kill her,” the source said, according to court documents. “Kerner advised that when she turned to leave the garage, Kerner shot her in the head, killing her.”
The source said Kerner admitted to putting the bodies in the trunk of the car, driving about two miles away from where he lit the car and bodies on fire, according to documents.17-year-old kills
The two victims found inside the car have not been identified, but “all evidence obtained at this point” lead investigators to believe the bodies are Grill and Lanham, according to the sheriff’s office.
“DNA is being sent to the lab for processing and the Porter County Coroner’s Office will be working on a forensic autopsy with medical records to confirm the identities,” the sheriff’s officials said.
When Kerner was arrested, he refused to answer questions, the sheriff’s office said. Kerner is being held without bond at the Porter County Jail and is due to appear at a status hearing in May, according to the prosecutor’s office. Kerner’s attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
There is an increasing outcry from immediate family and community members against this unfortunate double murder. The police are under the immense pressure of fishing out the perpetrator and serving justice to him or her.
It is sad that 3 teenagers have been stabbed. Since all were Islamic in faith and stabbed and in the same region, the police are likely to look for links. Conventional interrogation methods are not efficient and quick enough to discover facts from a crime scene and arrested suspects. Modernization of existing intelligence gathering mechanisms is needed.
The police are encouraging witnesses to come forward. The police have gathered crime-related information, must now look for people who have any sort of awareness to the intimate details of this crime such as the murder weapon, exact murder spot, what the victim wore, where the victim was coming from and off to. There must be a reason for the perpetrator to murder the victim, it could be robbery, because the perpetrator is a serial killer, or for personal vendetta, etc.
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