CRIME
11/06/2014 02:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Maxwell Winkler, Indiana Teen, Charged With Murder Of 73-Year-Old Man

Hamilton County Jail

An Indiana teen who is the son of a local official has been charged in the murder of a 73-year-old man.

According to court documents, Maxwell Winkler, 17, will face trial as an adult in the murder of Henry Kim, who was fatally shot and stabbed Saturday night while walking in a park near his home.

An autopsy report obtained by WTHR states that Kim was shot three times -- in the left cheek, back, and upper arm -- and had a "deep wound across the front of his neck."

Winkler, who Fishers Police said has autism and struggles with anger management issues, was found in the woods Monday evening.

"We're not sure [what Winkler was doing in the woods]. We were out there searching and we were able to locate him there," Fisher Police Sergeant Tom Weger said in a news conference following the teen's arrest.

Authorities then searched Winkler's home and another location as part of their investigation, recovering items they believe link him to the murder.

Winkler was arrested Tuesday morning. Police also now believe Winkler is the man who was reported pulling a knife on some trick-or-treaters in a separate incident that occurred on Halloween, the night before Kim was killed.

The boy appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge set his trial for April 7, WRTV reports. Gina Bardach, a friend of the victim's son, was also there.

“I just kept thinking [he'd be] a grown, scary man. It was shocking. He's just very small. A child," Bardach told WRTV.

The Herald Bulletin reports that Max Winkler is the son of Anderson, Indiana economic development director Greg Winkler.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families affected by this tragedy," Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said in a statement. "Greg is a loving father. This tragedy in no way reflects on the superior work Greg does for the citizens of Anderson."

Max Winkler is a student at Hamilton Southeastern high school. Those that knew the boy told WTHR that he was a quiet boy who mostly kept to himself.

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