The Lancaster County Attorney has amended charges against Richard McLaughlin III in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men.
McLaughlin is now charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Accessory to a Felony, and Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony. McLaughlin is one of two men charged in the crimes. He and 22-year-old Tyler Thornburg are accused in the June 29th beating deaths of David Mueller and Shane Walton.
Police say the two suspects are part of a gang called "True Blue Soldiers." Police say that night, the gang was issued a challenge to make a name for themselves. That's when police say the men saw Mueller walking by and they beat him with a baseball bat. Walton was beaten at another location an hour later.
A preliminary hearing for McLaughlin is set for January 28 in Lancaster County Court.