More charges filed against young man in deaths of 2

Authorities have added charges in the case of a young man who is accused of killing two people in Porter County.

Connor Kerner of Valparaiso already is facing murder charges in the deaths of 19-year-old Molley Lanham and 18-year-old Thomas Grill. Kerner appeared in court Monday on additional charges of intimidation and arson. Not guilty pleas were entered.

Investigators said the bodies of Lanham and Grill were found in a burned-out car in March. Kerner is 18 years old but was 17 at the time. Police believe the violence was related to a drug deal in a garage in Boone Township.

People who knew the victims filled the Valparaiso courtroom Monday. Police said Kerner made incriminating statements to a confidential informant, saying he had done something “really bad.” He was initially charged in March.

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