GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The homeowners involved in the double fatal shooting in Greene County on Wednesday spoke for the first time on Friday.
Molly and Lindsey Duncan appeared visibly shaken as they, along with their lawyer, sat down to deliver their statement.
The two had pulled up to their home on Grinnell Road after grocery shopping when the chaos began.
Molly got out of her car to grab an Amazon package outside their gate, and Lindsey got out to grab the mail.
“All of a sudden, hell began,” he said. “All I really remember was a 6’4”-6’5” man that was probably 230 pounds with a full camo mask and hoodie ran to my wife’s driver’s side with a gun and held it about ten inches from her head.”
He went on to say, “Whatever happened after that was instinct. It was instinct.”
Lindsey, who we’re told has his CCW, exchanged gunfire with the attacker, later identified as 56-year-old Robert R. Sanders.
“[Molly] was in the middle of two separate gun battles, of bullets flying by her head. Four inches, five inches, six inches…by her head. Not one time but two separate times. Her being alive today, I’ll never be able to explain that,” he said.
Around the same time, Lindsey’s ex-wife, 59-year-old Cheryl Sanders, pulled up to the scene and started toward Molly, threatening to kill her. More gunfire ensued, and Cheryl was killed.
Five years before this incident, Lindsey reached out to law enforcement and said he had reason to believe Cheryl tried to hire someone to have him murdered.
Court documents reveal that in 2016, Lindsey sued the Sanders in a Texas district court for breach of contract, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, civil theft, conversion, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Cheryl was his partner in a supplements business, Genesis Today and Genesis Pure due to a prenup they signed when they got married in 2001. In 2009, the couple divorced but Cheryl stayed on as a partner due to a divorce settlement.
In the suit, Lindsey claimed Cheryl wrote letters to board members of his company and his family with false accusations that he was committing corporate fraud. Lindsey claimed the letters damaged his reputation with current and potential business partners. Lindsey stated he eventually barred Cheryl from coming to his offices unless invited.
In 2013, the suit said Cheryl tried to extort Lindsey with for $1.5 million, $8,000 on another occasion, and stole his car.
One year later, the suit says Robert attempted to extort Lindsey for $8,000. Both Cheryl and Lindsey threatened to take false statements to the IRS, according to the suit.
In 2016, Lindsey claimed in the suit that Cheryl and Reed stole his Audi and would return it only in exchange for $8,000.
“The word that you guys have used…’ambush’? That’s exactly what it was,” Molly said.
In tears, said she was “extremely thankful” to be alive and that her husband is still alive.
“He is my absolute hero. Thank God he knew how to respond and stay calm and knew exactly what to do. God was on our side that day, no question. God orchestrated everything perfectly so we would survive, and I am a mother and I still get to see my kids grow up,” she said.
“Those gates don’t protect you, and neither does the money,” Lindsey added.
They went on to thank law enforcement and their community for support during such a difficult time.
As the couple left the room, Lindsey added, “I will tell you this. The most difficult part of this whole process besides listening to my wife say, ‘I’m going to die, they’re going to kill me,’ is having to tell my two daughters that their mother’s been shot.”
Dana Stamos with Martial Arts Enterprises, posted on the Facebook page for Women in Stunts:
“My heart is so broken. My friend, Cheryl Wheeler Sanders has died. She had such a wonderful heart and suffered because of it. Life took such a toll on my friend, who was truly gifted and loved. Circumstances, which none of us may ever understand, led to her death, and I know in my heart that she had her reasons and that she never planned to have things work out the way they did. Desperate to make things fair and right, decisions were made that led to awful circumstances. None of this changes my love for my friend. Nothing changes my deep sadness and longing to change the ending to what happened.”