Nineteen-year-old Richard McLaughlin III is being held on $50,000 in connection with a pair of murders in Lincoln over the summer. Nathan Walton and David Mueller were both killed in June.
McLaughlin was in court on Wednesday where a judge set bond for the man recently linked to the crimes.
The case began to unfold on June 29. Police were called to 14th and Benton around 3:30 in the morning. They found 27-year-old David Mueller on the sidewalk. He had been seriously injured, suffering blunt force trauma. He died July 7.
Authorities say a baseball bat was used in both attacks.
The cases were initially considered random and unrelated until McLaughlin came into the picture. He is accused of being an Accessory to Murder and also faces weapons charges.
According to court records, McLaughlin was already serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for burglary, housed at the Omaha Correctional Center. He was taken to Lincoln for his court appearance on Wednesday.
Nathan “Shane” Walton’s uncle, Shaun Walton, said, “We are getting on with our life. You have to. You don't have much of a choice at this point in time."
Until now, there had been no arrests since the deaths. McLaughlin now faces four felonies.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said, “It does not appear the two victims, the two individuals, knew one another."
Police call the murders gang related. They believe McLaughlin is connected to the True Blue Soldiers.
Criminal informants in the case told police there were others besides McLaughlin involved in these killings. Court documents indicate that McLaughlin admitted to being present but he claims the other, unidentified, men were responsible for the deadly attacks.
Police have not ruled out further arrests and say their investigation continues.