Prosecutor: proof supports self defense in Grinnell Road double fatal shooting – The Yellow Springs News – Yellow Springs News

2July 2020

The Greene County Grand Jury’s current conclusion worrying the double fatal shooting Feb 12 outside a home on Grinnell Road– which the county constable described at the time as a “shootout”– confirmed the preliminary impression of law enforcement at the scene that gray winter early morning: self-defense.

Proof previously not released publicly was amongst materials that led detectives to believe the deceased, Cheryl Sanders, 59, and her spouse, Robert “Reed” Sanders, 56, had actually driven to Ohio from their house in North Carolina with the intention of killing Cheryl Sanders’ ex-husband, Robert “Lindsey” Duncan, and Duncan’s wife, Molly, at the Duncans’ Grinnell Roadway house.

“They had a checklist,” Greene County District Attorney Stephen K. Haller stated in a phone interview recently.

The district attorney’s case file, supplied by his workplace through a public records demand, includes a hand-written note– which Haller stated investigators validated as belonging to the Sanderses– found in the couple’s lorry and detailing their intentions.

A piece of lined note pad paper bears the handwritten heading, in all uppercase letters, “Be prepared previous to leaving for Y.S.”

Under that, likewise in all uppercase letters is composed:

— Goal: Cause discomfort for Lindsey
Main: Eliminate him
Secondary: Burn home down
Third: Eliminate him/her

A couple lines down, in a mix of upper and lower case letters, is composed:

— A: Have alibi
— B: Cheryl is out of risk/ capability to drive back to Asheville

A numbered, nine-point to-do list follows and includes such information as “Have cam operational,” “Call AA prior to departure to verify Lindsey place,” “Purchase airplane fuel,” “Testosterone injection,” Purchase car/truck prior to leaving for Y.S.,” “Phones are charged from Verizon.”

The confrontation

Multiple 911 calls, consisting of a distressed call from Molly Duncan, reported the shooting soon after 11 a.m. Feb. 12. The other calls came from next-door neighbors who heard the shots or motorists on the roadway who passed the scene while it unfolded and afterward.

Cedarville Police systems were first to get here, followed by Miami Municipality Fire-Rescue medics and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies. Cheryl Sanders was depending on the Duncans’ driveway, and Reed Sanders was on the ground across the road, by the entryway to the previous Camp Greene. Medics were not able to resuscitate the set, and the coroner was called.

While the exact details of what taken place outside the Duncans’ house changed slightly with the documentation of various retellings, the following scenario has emerged based upon the Duncans’ statements, evidence from the scene and private investigators’ findings.

The set pulled into their gated driveway at 3443 Grinnell Roadway soon after 11 a.m., having actually chosen coffee and breakfast in downtown Yellow Springs. Detectives later on confirmed the couple’s activities with the appropriate downtown proprietors. Molly Duncan was driving and Lindsey was in the guest’s seat. Lindsey stated he got out of the lorry to check for mail in their mailbox, and it is unclear whether he was back inside the car, returning in, or still outdoors, when a guy using a camouflage mask approached Molly’s side of the vehicle with a weapon.

According to the transcript of his Feb. 12 interview with sheriff’s deputies, Lindsey stated he owns a weapon, but had left it in your home previously, therefore he asked Molly if her weapon remained in the vehicle. Both Duncans have Ohio conceal bring permits, which they told private investigators they had actually acquired out of fear that Cheryl Sanders wished to do them harm. They acquired the permits when they moved about four years ago to the area, where Molly has household nearby.

With Molly’s weapon in hand, Lindsey said he exchanged fire with the man later recognized as Reed Sanders. Lindsey said his ex-wife then pulled up in a vehicle, got out and also threatened them with a weapon before being shot by Duncan.

The Greene County coroner stated in February that the apparent cause of death for the Sanderses was several gunshot wounds. Detectives reported discovering three weapons at the scene and numerous shell cases. The Duncans were not physically injured in the run-in.

The investigation

The nearly four-month examination– slowed considerably by the COVID-19 pandemic– ended with the presentation of the case to the grand jury on June 17.

Simply a day after the shooting, nevertheless, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer had actually currently informed reporters that advance planning was recommended by the fact that the Sanderses were driving a cars and truck with fake momentary Ohio plates, and Reed Sanders was carrying multiple kinds of recognition. Sheriff’s deputies likewise found 2 little electronic cameras mounted on a post throughout from the Grinnell Roadway home with a live stream of the property going to a cellular phone found in the Sanderses’ cars and truck.

In the course of the query, private investigators traveled to North Carolina, where the couple most recently lived, and to Texas, where both couples had longterm ties.

Lindsey Duncan is originally from Austin, and it existed that he began a career marketing health and dietary supplements. The former head of Genesis Pure and then Genesis Today, he promoted his business’s items on such national television programs as “Dr. Oz” and “The View.” He left the company after settling a 2015 match with the Federal Trade Commission in which he consented to pay $9 million after being implicated of “deceptively” promoting “the expected weight-loss advantages of green coffee bean extract.”

His ex-wife was at one time associated with the company too, and she later continued in collaboration with Reed Sanders in promoting numerous health and wellness items. She likewise was a previous movie stunt woman with credits in more than 70 movies.

Recorded acrimony between Cheryl Sanders and Lindsey Duncan consists of a suit submitted by Duncan in 2016 looking for in between $200,000 and $1 million from Cheryl and Reed Sanders and accusing Cheryl of breach of contract.

Detectives also verified Lindsey Duncan’s claim that his ex-wife inquired about working with a hit man to kill him about 5 years ago.

Also in contention, according to Greene County District Attorney Haller, were $400,000 trust funds for each of the former partners’ 2 college-age children. Lindsey Duncan has sole legal control of the funds, Haller stated.

“If he was gone, then Cheryl would be able to control those trusts,” the prosecutor stated.

There was likewise at one time a life insurance coverage policy from the duration they collaborated in Genesis Today that named Cheryl as a recipient. The prosecutor stated investigators found that it was no longer in result, however Lindsey, and perhaps Cheryl, had actually believed it was still binding.

All these reasons led Prosecutor Haller to conclude that Cheryl and Reed Sanders were inspired by “greed and hatred” in seeking to eliminate the Duncans.

Going to the Grand Jury

Although detectives found evidence to support sensible murder, Haller stated he selected to take the case to the grand jury in large part since of the gravity of the situation.

“2 individuals were eliminated,” he stated. “We take that very seriously. It deserved a review by the grand jury.”

The autopsy discovered that Reed Sanders was shot five times, with one bullet in his back and another in his buttocks; and Cheryl Sanders was shot 4 times.

In a declaration to thepress 2 days after the shooting, Lindsey Duncan said he ‘d acted “on pure instinct.”

Haller stated that going to the grand jury gave the Duncans “the opportunity to tell their story [to the jurors], and it gave the grand jury the opportunity to inquire concerns.”

While the district attorney’s workplace had a quite solid sense that Lindsey Duncan had actually acted in self-defense, Haller stated he knew some sentiments in the public recommending that the Duncans’ stories didn’t accumulate, that the shooting was a set-up of some kind.

Letting the grand jury decide about guilt assists “put this to rest at last,” he included.

“As I see it, this is a standard, timeless self-defense case.”

Ohio’s self-defense legislation, passed in 2008, gives individuals the right to lethal action in self defense when faced at their house or in their vehicle. The exact same legislation likewise shifted the problem of evidence from a defendant to the prosecution, Haller noted.

“I need to show beyond a sensible doubt that it’s not self-defense,” he said.

As far as the district attorney is concerned, “this case is closed.”


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