- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A teenager charged with murder in the slaying of a 73-year-old suburban Indianapolis man wrote down a plan for committing a killing and chose the victim at random, court documents released Thursday reveal.

Investigators seized a planning note from the bedroom of 17-year-old Maxwell Winkler of Fishers with steps written down that included “select prey” and “enjoy kill,” a probable cause affidavit released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office said.

They also say a teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School tipped off investigators Winkler had grown a beard before the Saturday slaying of Henry Kim and returned to school clean-shaven on Monday.

Kim was found shot three times with his throat cut in a subdivision near Geist Reservoir where both he and Winkler lived. Authorities say Kim was taking an evening walk when he was attacked.

A school resource officer also provided information contained in the affidavit.



“I received information from one of our school resource officers that about two years ago, Maxwell Winkler wrote a letter called ‘My Bucket List,’ and he likes to plan and talk about killing and mass destruction and weapons of mass destruction,” Fishers Police Detective Doug Baker.

While officers were searching a wooded area for clues in on Monday, they saw Winkler riding a bike and he turned to avoid them. They apprehended him and found two knives, including one with what appeared to have dried blood, the affidavit said.

Officers did not question Winkler because he was a juvenile, but Winkler told them, “I didn’t kill anyone,” the affidavit said.

A search warrant executed on Winkler’s home turned up a .22 caliber rifle and the same caliber of ammunition used to kill Kim, police said.

A judge entered a not guilty plea Wednesday for Winkler, who is charged as an adult and is being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville. A message seeking comment was left for his attorney.

Winkler’s next court date is set for Jan. 13. His trial is scheduled for April 7.

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