By: Kayla Bremer
Lincoln Police say they've made an arrest in the June beating deaths of two Lincoln men.
Richard McLaughlin III appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, charged with two counts of Felony Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder and two counts of Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.
The 19-year-old is accused of beating 27–year–old David Mueller and 20–year–old Shane Walton in the early morning hours of June 29th.
"Right now it does appear that there may be some gang ties into the incidents and that they may have actually been just looking for some potential victims that may have been out on the street that night," Chief Jim Peschong said.
Police say McLaughlin has ties to a gang called the True Blue Soldiers.
According to court documents, confidential informants told police that McLaughlin and several others saw Mueller walk past McLaughlin's house near 14th and Adams, then left and used a baseball bat to beat him.
Neighbors in the area say they're shocked something like this would happen so close to home.
"Well it's a relief that some people are in jail but it's definitely still scary that there's that kind of people out there," Tanner Harold said.
"I'm a little uncomfortable and it's a little unsettling...it's absolutely horrible," another neighbor who wanted to stay anonymous said.
Court documents go on to say that one hour later, a witness near 38th and L Streets saw a group attacking Walton with what looked like a bat.
A confidential informant also told police that McLaughlin told him or her the next day that he and others assaulted Walton with a bat, then took off in a red pickup truck.
McLaughlin was taken into questioning on Saturday and denies that he was involved in either homicide. The investigation continues and other arrests are possible.
McLaughlin's bond is set at $50,000.
In court Wednesday afternoon, the judge appointed him with a public defender. He's due back in court next month for a docket call.
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
Lincoln Police say they've made an arrest in the June beating deaths of two Lincoln men. David Mueller and Shane Walton had been beaten in two separate incidents on June 29th. 19-year-old Richard McLaughlin III is charged with two counts of Accessory to Murder and two counts of Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony. Police Chief Jim Peschong says the two deaths are gang related. He says McLaughlin is a member of a gang called True Blue Soldiers. Police are still investigating the case which could lead to more arrests.
Court documents say police contacted two confidential informants both known to police. They told investigators McLaughlin and several others saw Mueller walking past McLaughlin's residence at 3001 N. 14th. One of the informants told police McLaughlin and the others left the house and returned a short time later. The informants said McLaughlin told him one of the others beat Mueller in the head with a baseball bat. One of the informants also told investigators that McLaughlin told him he and others assaulted Walton at 38th and L.
Lincoln police say 27-year-old David Mueller was found near 14th and Benton on a sidewalk by a passerby at around 3:30. His wallet and cell phone both missing. One hour later, 20-year-old Shane Walton was found beaten on the street near 38th and L streets, two blocks away from his house.
Both men suffered massive head injuries. Mueller died the July 7. Walton died July 2nd. Neither men knew each other.