$5 Million Bond For Each Mercer Co. Murder Suspect
June 19, 2013: Celina, OH - A pair of Union City, Indiana men charged with the murders of a father and daughter in Mercer County were each ordered held on $5 million bonds this week. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Bryant Rhoades had his bond increased during a court appearance to face a number of felony charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The other suspect, 19-year-old Trevin Sanders Roark was in court on Monday in Mercer County Court of Common Pleas for an initial appearance on 27 charges connected with the home invasion and shootings. He will be formally arraigned on July 2 on charges including aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery, and theft.
The pair are charged in the November 2011 shooting deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube in the home they shared near Fort Recovery. Story By Ed Gebert, Times Bulletin
Investigators have reported that Sanders Roark admitted to shooting 47-year-old Colleen Grube with a gun belonging to her father. He also claimed that he handed the gun to Rhoades, and that Rhoades then shot the wheelchair-bound Robert Grube. Rhoads told a television crew before Tuesday's hearing that he was innocent of the charges.
Rhoades was originally charged with obstructing justice in the investigation by giving false information to authorities about meeting a female suspect after the murders were committed. He was the first person to face charges in the murders, and had been held on a $3.5 million bond until Tuesday's hearing.
Sanders Roark has reportedly told investigators that he, Rhoades and two others were high on meth on Nov. 30, 2011, and went to the Grube's home to steal pills and valuables. He claimed that another man and a woman bound the Grubes with duct tape before the shootings. The four entered the house after the woman came to the door asking to use the phone because her car had broken down. The others soon rushed through the door to subdue the residents.
At this point, only Sanders Roark and Rhoades face charges in the case. Sanders Roark will be tried as an adult even though he was 16 at the time of the murders. However, due to his age, Sanders Roark will not face the death penalty.
The pair are charged in the November 2011 shooting deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube in the home they shared near Fort Recovery.
Story By Ed Gebert, Times Bulletin