Detective: Sanders admitted to killing Colleen Grube

Trevin M. Sanders
Mug shot of Trevin M. Sanders courtesy Randolph County Sheriff's Dept.

MERCER COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  The teen charged in a brutal 2011 double homicide admitted to killing one of the victims while high on meth, according to a detective. The Mercer County court also determined that the suspect will be tried as an adult for the murders he is accused of.

Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen Grube, were found bound by duct tape and shot to death in their Fort Recovery home in late November 2011.

Trevin M. Sanders was 17 when the murders he is accused of took place and charges were therefore initially filed in the Mercer County Juvenile Court. All 27 charges against him will be tried in adult court. The charges against Sanders include the murders of Robert and Colleen Grube, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary.

Sanders, now 19, is being held in a Mercer County jail on a $5 million bond.

The objective of Friday’s hearing was to determine whether or not Sanders would be tried as an adult but a detective also revealed significant information on the investigation into the murders.

A detective with the Mercer County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department said in court on Friday that Sanders admitted to shooting and killing Colleen Grube. Sanders told this same detective in an interview that he and three others were high on methamphetamine and wanted to take pills, electronics and jewelry from the Grubes.

One of the four knew the Grubes had those items. Sanders told the detective an unknown female walked up and knocked on the Grube’s door, Colleen answered and the group forced their way in.

Sanders told the detective he and Bryant Rhoades, 22, of Union City, ransacked the home while two other people he did not know tied the Grubes up. According to the detective’s testimony in court Friday, Rhoades and Sanders found Mr. Grube’s gun under his bed and one of the four suggested that they kill the Grubes.

The detective said Sanders told him he took the long gun from Rhoades and shot and killed Colleen Grube. He said Rhoades then took the gun and shot and killed Robert.

Rhoades was arrested in March 2013 , however, he was charged with obstruction of justice for giving false information. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in April. He was not charged with murder.  The Mercer County Prosecutor cannot comment on whether or not any new charges will be brought upon Rhoades.  The Prosecutor cannot say whether or not they will release information about the two “unknown people.”

November 2011 killings

On November 30, 2011, Cassandra Grube found her father-in-law Robert, 70 and her sister-in-law, Colleen, 47, bound by duct tape and dead from gunshot wounds when she went to check on them at 9:00 am at their home at 2216 Burrville Road.

Officials determined that Colleen was last seen alive shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Colleen and Robert were found about 16 hours later.

Investigators narrowed the time of the incident to a two hour window.

There was also a laptop computer missing from the scene.

In September of 2012, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department announced it was offering a $20,000 reward, up from an initial $10,000 offer, for information that would lead to a conviction in the case.  It’s not known if a tip led police to the suspects or if the arrests were made based on the nearly 200 pieces of evidence they had gathered.

Authorities had previously indicated that they believed two or more people and possibly a man and a woman had committed the crimes.

Sheriff Grey told NewsChannel 15 in March 2013 that in the 16 months since the crime, the case has never been cold. There were 179 court ordered subpoenas and search warrants, 329 interviews, and 88 tips.

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