Teen to be tried as adult in double murder
Friday, June 07, 2013 8:03 PM
Times Bulletin Staff Report
Trevin Sanders (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office)
CELINA - The Union City, Ohio, teenager facing 27 charges in the murders of a Fort Recovery father and daughter will be tried in adult court after a hearing in Mercer County on Friday morning. He also allegedly admitted to the murders during interviews with detectives.Trevin M. Sanders was 17 years-old when the murders of Robert Grube, 79, and his daughter, Colleen, 47, took place at their home near Fort Recovery in November 2011. The Grubes were found with their hands bound by duct tape and had been shot to death. Sanders was arrested in connection with the case in March of this year along with Bryan L. Rhoades, 22, also of Union City.
New details of the murders emerged in the courtroom on Friday. Mercer County Sheriff's Detective Doug Timmerman testified that during an interview Sanders admitted he, Rhoades and two other unknown assailants, a male and a female, were looking for prescription drugs, jewelry, money and electronics and went to the Grube residence.
The female allegedly approached the door of the home to ask for help before the group forced their way inside. The Grubes were bound and while ransacking the home, Sanders and Rhoades found a gun under one of the beds. The detective testified that in the interview Sanders said he shot and killed Colleen before Rhoades then took the gun and shot Robert.
Sanders has been held on $5 million bond in the Mercer County jail since his arrest in March. The charges were initially filed in Mercer County Juvenile Court due to his age and included multiple counts of murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary.
Rhoades was charged in April with obstruction of justice after allegedly lying to law enforcement officials during the investigation. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. There was no indication if new charges would be filed against Rhoades in the future.