Sanders brought back to Mercer County for hearing
Trevin Sanders, 18, who was charged in the deaths of two Fort Recovery people, was brought back to Mercer County, Ohio on Wednesday from the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City to face charges for the murders of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube in November of 2011.
Sanders, who was 17 at the time, initially faced charges in the Mercer County Juvenile Court. All 27 charges against Sanders were read in the Wednesday hearing.
Sanders had been charged with murder and homicide counts, as well as charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and other charges.
Sanders entered a denial to charges at Wednesday’s hearing. A pre-trial hearing was set for April 23. In addition, a hearing was set for May 6 at 11 a.m. to bind him over to adult court.
Sanders is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a recent news conference that aggravated murder specifies that Sanders purposely, with prior calculation and design, caused the death of Robert and Colleen Grube by means of a firearm.
Sanders had been housed in the Indiana prison due to separate convictions in that state.
Also charged in the investigation was Bryant Rhoades, 22, of Union City, Ohio, who was charged with one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree.
Grey said that during the course of the investigation, 179 court documents (orders, subpoenas, search warrants) were executed and 329 interviews were conducted and 88 were received and followed up on.
Mercer County officials stressed that they continue to welcome any tips or potential helpful information concerning the case, which is still under investigation.
Cooperating agencies in the massive investigation surrounding the Grube murders have included Ohio BCI, Jay and Randoph County, IN., Sheriff’s Office, Darke County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office, Coffee County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, police departments in Celina, Portsmouth and Greenville, Ohio, police departments in Portland and Union City, Ohio and Indiana, United States Marshall’s Service and prisons in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
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