Prosecutor Wants Boy Tried As Adult In Church Burning

| July 28, 2010

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver wants to try a 17-year-old boy among six other adult suspects in a church arson as an adult.

Investigators said they think the boy is the person who started the fire that destroyed the Grandview Apostolic Church on July 14.

Prosecutors contend that it would be unjust for the teen to be tried in juvenile court when all of the other suspects, all 18 or 19 years old, are in adult court.

Police said the group burned the church down after taking LSD and believing the church was home to Satan worshipers.

Nathan Bauermeister, Jonathan Mings, Stephen Moore, Dalton Poe and Cody Watts — all 18 — Skylar Ping, 19, and the boy were charged last week.

Police said the teens then bought spray paint and gasoline, drove to the church and set fire to the building, spray-painting "church freaks" and other offensive language on an old school bus used as a classroom near the church.

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