- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2005

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl whose 18-year-old boyfriend is accused of fatally shooting her parents left willingly with him after the slayings and was not kidnapped, prosecutors said in court papers filed yesterday.

Kara Borden told detectives that she left of her own free will, according to the filing. David Ludwig told detectives that the two planned to get married and start a new life together.

Mr. Ludwig confessed to the slayings after his arrest and told police where to find the murder weapon in his car, according to court documents released yesterday in Indiana.

In court documents filed in Pennsylvania, prosecutors said Kara ran from her home to get into Mr. Ludwig’s car after the Nov. 13 shootings.

Kara “told the defendant that she wanted to stay with him, and they drove west with the intent to ‘get as far away as possible, get married, and start a new life,’” Mr. Ludwig told detectives, according to the court papers.

Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro said yesterday that the kidnapping charge against Mr. Ludwig, of Lititz, will be dropped at his preliminary hearing next month.

Earlier yesterday, Indiana authorities released a search warrant affidavit for the car that the couple drove nearly 600 miles from the crime scene in Pennsylvania to Indiana.

Mr. Ludwig told Indiana State Police that a Glock semiautomatic pistol he used to kill Michael and Cathryn Borden was under the driver’s front seat of his parents’ car, according to the affidavit.

Police seized a .40-caliber Glock pistol, a .223-caliber rifle and several articles of black clothing under a search warrant executed last week. Under a separate search warrant executed Friday, police said they found a .45-caliber Colt pistol, a screwdriver, several maps and two Indiana license plates.

“He certainly did make a statement and cooperated with police,” said Hendricks County, Ind., prosecutor Patricia A. Baldwin. “They basically let him talk is what they did.”

Police have said the murder weapon was a .40-caliber handgun.

Mr. Ludwig is being held without bail, awaiting a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing on charges that he shot the Bordens in their home in Lititz on Nov. 13. Police say the shootings occurred after an argument over his relationship with Kara.

Police caught up to Mr. Ludwig and Kara on Nov. 14 after a chase that ended when he crashed the car into a tree in Belleville, Ind.

James Gratton, a public defender representing Mr. Ludwig, said he was aware that his client had given a statement to Indiana authorities, but did not know specifically what he told them.

Neither Mr. Ludwig nor the girl, who has not been charged, was injured in the crash.

Investigators have said that they were treating Kara as a crime victim, but that the investigation was continuing.

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