CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) - Details about a Mercer County double homicide surfaced publicly for the first time Friday as a judge ruled one of the suspects should be tried as an adult for the crime.
A judge ruled Trevin Sanders–Roark can be tried as an adult for his alleged role in the 2011 deaths of Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen.
Sanders-Roark, who was 17 at the time of the crime, faces 27 criminal counts including two counts of aggravated homicide, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
Investigators testified Friday that Sanders-Roark , admitted he smoked meth with Bryant Rhoades, another suspect in the case, and two other people before the killings. Detectives say one of the four heard Robert Grube had cash, pills and electronics in his home and decided to rob him
Investigators told the judge the suspects decided to kill the Grubes so there would be nobody who could identify them as suspects in the robbery. Investigators told the judge they learned Rhoades shot one of the victims while Sanders-Roark shot the other.
One of the most striking details to be made public Friday is the fact that the murder weapon, which has yet to be recovered, was a gun belonging to Robert Grube.
Investigators say Sanders-Roark told them the weapon will never be found because it was melted down.
Sanders-Roark was given a $5 million dollar bond.
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