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Police Capture Teen Wanted in Killings

November 15, 2005|From Associated Press

BELLEVILLE, Ind. — A Pennsylvania teenager suspected of killing his girlfriend's parents in an argument about her curfew was captured in Indiana on Monday after a police chase that ended in a crash. The 14-year-old girl, who was in the car, was not hurt, authorities said.

David Ludwig, 18, and Kara Beth Borden were taken into custody at midday after he crashed his parents' car head-on into a tree in Belleville, 600 miles from where the killings took place.

Police were questioning Ludwig but had not spoken with Borden. Because of her age, Indiana and Pennsylvania laws require a relative, guardian or lawyer to be present.

Investigators said it was not immediately clear whether the girl was abducted or went along willingly, but they were operating on the assumption that she was kidnapped.

Authorities said Ludwig shot the girl's parents, Michael F. and Cathryn Lee Borden, early Sunday after they and their daughter argued about her curfew when she came home late. The shootings happened at the family's home near Lititz, Pa., about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.

Kara Beth Borden's 13-year-old sister, Katelyn, told investigators her parents were shot after they argued with Ludwig for about an hour, court papers said.

An alert for the 14-year-old girl was issued across the East, and police in Pennsylvania and Indiana investigated reported sightings of the pair as they made their way west in a red Volkswagen Jetta.

They were spotted in Belleville, about 20 miles west of Indianapolis.

Ludwig led state troopers on a five-mile chase at speeds of 90 to 95 mph.

After officers pulled Ludwig from the car, the girl got out and was frantic, screaming and crying, Trooper David Cox said.

No weapons were found in the car. Police did not know why the pair were in Indiana.

Pennsylvania authorities were traveling to Indiana. Prosecutors expected to hold an extradition hearing for Ludwig today or Wednesday, unless he waived the proceedings.

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