12-YO, 15-YO To Be Tried Together For Murder Of Phillip Danner

June 4, 2010

Indiana (ChattahBox) – A 12-year-old and a 15-year-old charged in the murder of 49-year-old Phillip Danner will be tried together, a judge has ruled.

Colt Lundy (15) and Paul Gingerich (12) are accused of shooting Danner to death after a month of plotting the crime, in an attempt to run away to Arizona.

Danner was Lundy’s step-father, and he was allegedly considered an obstacle in the plan.

Lundy, Gingerich, and another boy (an unnamed 12-year-old being held in juvenile detention) are all accused of plotting the shooting, and the two former are accused to acting the plans out. A fourth boy was implicated in the planning, but not charged.

Police are unsure of why it was Lundy and Gingerich were so desperate to get to Arizona, but they believe it may have been to begin selling drugs.

According to investigators, the two boys waited until Lundy’s mother was out of town, then shot Danner with two of his shotguns, before fleeing in a family car.

They were found the next day with a gun, alcohol and marijuana in Illinois.

The murder has shocked the quiet community, especially as the two boys were good students and not known to have any serious behavioral problems.

Neighbors told local station WSBT that there had been some small changes in the boy’s personalities over the months, but nothing that would indicate a risk of them committing a murder.

There was also no known reason that they would kill Danner, and police say there was no sign of abuse, and that he and Lundy appeared to get along well.

Judge Rex Reed has ruled that the two boys will face adult charges of murder, and will be tried together, though in separate cases.

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