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LPD: Beating deaths may be result of gang rivalry

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By:  Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

New details are released as to what may have led up to the June beating deaths of two Lincoln men.

Police believe a gang may have challenged another gang to attack the murder victims.  22–year–old Tyler Thornburg was charged on Tuesday for 2nd degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Dave Mueller, and Accessory to Murder in the death of 20-year-old Shane Walton. 

Last week, police arrested 19–year–old Richard McLaughlin, III in connection with these cases.

Police Chief Jim Peschong says Thornburg was part of a group at a party on N. 14th who spotted Mueller walking nearby and assaulted him. An hour later, police say the group beat Shane Walton near 37th & L.

Police say Thornburg and McLaughlin are part of the True Blue Soldiers.

Officials believe the gang may have been challenged to do something illegal by a rival gang (the south side winos) that was at the party that night.

The investigation is ongoing and gaining momentum with tips from informants.

"We're still doing search warrants, gathering more information and doing some forensic analysis and things of that nature and we'll have to see where the investigation does wind up taking us," says Chief Peschong.

Thornburg is being held on $500,000 bond, plus bond from other recent charges.

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