October 30, 2014

Second man charged in gang-related killings in downtown Lincoln

A second man has been charged in the beating death of two men in downtown Lincoln last summer; beating deaths Lincoln police believe were carried out as part of a gang challenge.

20-year-old Richard McLaughlin III has been charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of 20-year-old Nathan “Shane” Walton and 27-year-old Dave Mueller. McLaughlin had previously been charged with accessary to murder. He faces a charge of the use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony as well.

Tyler Thornburg, a 22-year-old from Cheney, had been charged earlier in the deaths.

Police have stated the suspects beat the two to death after a rival gang challenged them, accusing them of not being a real gang.