Two Kosciusko County Boys Formally Charged As Adults Friday

By Scott Sarvay
By Laura Donaldson

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 30, 2010 at 6:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - New developments in the case of two Cromwell boys charged with premeditate murder of one of teh boy's step fathers.

Late Friday morning, 15-year-old Colt Lundy and 12-year-old Paul Gringerich had their first hearing and were officially charged in "adult" court with murdering Lundy's step-father.

Laura Donaldson was in the courtroom Thursday when a judge decided the two would be charged as adults.

Laura reported that 15-year-old Colt Lundy and 12-year-old Paul Gingerich sat emotionless for two hours as their mothers, police, and probation officers testified.

A third boy, 12-year-old Chase Williams who is wearing a light blue hoodie with long hair, has not been waived to adult court, because the judge ruled he was not suspected of pulling the trigger. But Gingerich could still face adult charges.

Police say Lundy and Gingerich murdered Lundy's step-father, 49-year-old Phillip Danner, last week in his home as Williams stood watch.

They say the three boys planned the murder on the playground and then tried to escape to Arizona.

A probation officer testified the boys would be better re-habilitated if charged as adults.

Lundy and Gingerich face up to 65 years in prison. They're in jail with no bond right now.

They could face additional charges.

"As to further charges against the offenders think that with the investigation continuing that has yet to be determined,"Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton said.

"We disagree with the decision and now we're going to have to live with it," Colt Lundy's attorney John Barrett said. "My personal opinion as to whether or not it's fair I don't think really matters."

Both will be back in court July 8th for their pre-trial confrence.

Williams is expected to have his waiver hearing next week. He's at a juvenile facility right now.

A fourth boy who police say may be involved has not been charged. But, the prosecutor says the invetigation is on-going so he could face charges.

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