- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

HELTONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Extradition proceedings will begin this week against two southern Indiana teenagers arrested in Ohio in connection with the beating death of a man in his remote Lawrence County home, according to authorities.

Taylor Flynn, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Bedford, were arrested Saturday evening on murder warrants in Ironton, Ohio, Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig said.

The two are suspected in the slaying of Rodney Allender, 43, Craig said. A relative found Allender’s body Thursday night in his northeastern Lawrence County home about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

“They’re going to be held in Ohio” over the weekend, Craig told The Times-Mail (https://bit.ly/Nk6pnH ). “The extradition process will start at the first of the week to see about bringing them back here for their charges.”

A third Bedford-area teen, Austin Curtis, 18, was being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail on Sunday, a day after being arrested on preliminary charges of murder and robbery, Craig said.

An autopsy Friday showed that Allender died from blunt force trauma, the sheriff said.

Money and guns were taken from the home where Allender, who operated an excavating and logging business, lived alone on a ridge top, Craig said.

Flynn and the juvenile were located Saturday evening in Ironton, where one of the two had an acquaintance, the sheriff said. The two led police there on a car chase through part of the Ohio River city located about 15 miles west of Huntington, W.Va, and initially evaded officers before they were captured on foot.

Curtis has an attorney but it wasn’t clear Sunday who that was, a Lawrence County Jail officer said. Automated jail records for Flynn and the juvenile did not indicate whether they had attorneys. The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify juveniles accused of crimes.


Information from: The Times-Mail, https://www.tmnews.com

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