February 12, 2016

Second suspect charged in Lincoln beating deaths

A second suspect has been charged in the beating deaths of two men in Lincoln this past summer.

22-year-old Tyler Thornburg of Lincoln has been charged with second degree murder, accessory to a murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in connection with the beating deaths 27-year-old David Mueller and 20-year-old Shane Walton June 29th.

Thornburg was already in custody; jailed in Lancaster County on an unrelated weapons charge.

19-year-old Richard McLaughlin III was arrested earlier and charged in the two deaths.

Lincoln police says it appears the beatings were related to activity by the gang “True Blue Soldiers”.

Mueller was killed first in the early morning hours of the 29th. Walton was killed about an hour later. Investigators could find no motive for the killings.

The investigation continues. More arrests might be forthcoming.

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