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2 charged in farmhouse double murder

CELINA, Ohio – An 18-year-old who is serving time in an Indiana prison is the second person charged in connection with the 2011 slayings of a man with disabilities and his daughter at their farmhouse in western Ohio.

Authorities announced Wednesday they’d made an arrest in the killings that shook several rural communities in west-central Ohio near the Indiana state line.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said 18-year-old Trevin Sanders has been charged with aggravated murder. Sanders is from Union City, a town that straddles Indiana and Ohio.

He has been in prison in Indiana since last fall on unrelated charges.

Authorities found the bodies of 70-year-old Robert Grube and his 47-year-old daughter Colleen Grube after an apparent robbery of their Fort Recovery farmhouse in November 2011. Both had been bound with duct tape and shot.

Authorities say Tuesday that a 22-year-old man had been arrested.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said Bryant Rhoades was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with obstruction of justice, but sheriff’s officials haven’t yet discussed the details of his alleged connection to the slayings.

Rhoades was being held with a $350,000 bond. Information about his legal representation wasn’t available.

Colleen Grube lived in the house, where she took care of her father, authorities have said.

The house where the bodies were found is on a lonely country road and surrounded by farm fields in west-central Ohio near the Indiana state line. It’s an area dotted with small farming towns and home to dozens of soaring Roman Catholic churches built in the late 1800s and early 1900s with cross-topped spires.

The house had been ransacked, and it looked as though whoever went through it was after something specific, Grey said for an earlier story.

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