Documents expected to be released today could reveal motive for Fishers murder
A teenage murder suspect went before a Hamilton County judge for the first time Wednesday, after being charged in the killing of 73-year-old Henry Kim.
The judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 17-year old Maxwell Winkler and ordered him held without bond.
The details of this crime are so lengthy that court reporters won't have all the documents typed up until Thursday.
Maxwell Winkler's family left the courtroom without comment Wednesday. His mother, father and grandmother walked out of court arm in arm, after watching their teenager calmly face a judge for the first time.
With his grandmother in tears, Winkler calmly and politely answered the judge's questions.
Prosecutors aren't saying much about about the case.
"At this point in time, it's been set for trial in April and we will have no additional comment. The case will be dealt with in the courtroom in April," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Buckingham.
Prosecutors say the Hamilton Southeastern senior killed 73-year-old Henry Kim, while Kim was out for his regular walk at Windermere Park in Fishers.
Kim, a retiree who loved to sing and play golf, didn't know Winkler. Police say he was shot three times and had a cut to his throat.
Wednesday's hearing didn't provide any more clues as to the motive for the murder, but prosecutors are expected to release documents Thursday that could reveal a motive.
That's what Gina Bardach still wants to learn.
She grew up with Kim's son and lives minutes away from the crime scene.
"There's just no explanation that could even try to justify anything that's happened," Bardach said. "I feel like if they're saying he had anger issues and was in the woods in the middle of the night, I'm kind of wondering why, how did that happen, what kind of problems have there been?"
Bardach was in the courtroom along with Winkler's family.
She wanted to be in the courtroom to see Kim's accused killer in person. She says she was surprised by his appearance - a skinny teenager in glasses and handcuffs.
"Just a very small, tiny frail child! It was a little shocking to see, knowing what he had done," Bardach said. "I just kept thinking a grown scary man. I just never...It was just a little shocking to, it's all shocking but he's very small, just a child."
Now, along with a still-frightened community, she wants to know why.
"How dangerous of a person was this? We're just waiting to hear like everybody else. It's very bizarre," Bardach said.
Bardach also talked about an incident not brought up in court, but one police say also involved Winkler and a knife, just 24 hours before Kim's murder.
Bardach says Winkler approached a group of girls she knows who were trick-or-treating Halloween night in the Hamilton Proper neighborhood.
"He had approached the girls and I think the knife fell out of a pocket and the kids took off running and screaming and the mother in charge called 911," Bardach said.
No one was hurt in that case.
But just a day later, prosecutors say Winkler committed murder in his own neighborhood.
"We had no idea it was just a kid who lived right in the neighborhood, with all of our other families just right next door," Bardach said. "I mean, if it can be that boy in our neighborhood, it can be anybody."
High-profile defense attorney James Voyles is now representing Maxwell Winkler.
Winkler is due back in court in January.
His trial has been set for April 7, 2015.