June 18, 2013
CELINA — A judge told Bryant Rhoades he could face the death penalty if convicted of charges in the 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube in rural Fort Recovery.
Rhoades sat at the table with his two attorneys appointed by the court, shackled and showing no emotion as Judge Jeffrey Ingraham read through the 27 criminal charges against him including multiple counts of aggravated murder that carry death penalty specifications.
The 22-year-old Rhoades followed along often looking down at the indictment placed before him listing the charges. In the gallery were the surviving members of the Grube family who have appeared at every hearing. Rhoades only spoke by politely answer the judge with, “Yes sir,” every time the judge asked if he understood a charge.
Co-defendant Trevin Sanders Roark, now 19, appeared in the same courtroom the day before on identical charges with the exception he cannot face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the crime.
The Grubes were shot and killed inside their rural Fort Recovery home on Nov. 29, 2011. Sanders Roark confessed that he shot Colleen Grube then gave the gun to Rhoades who shot Robert Grube, Mercer Mercer County Sheriff’s Detective. Sgt. Doug Timmerman said at an earlier hearing.
The Grubes were killed to dispose of witnesses who could identify them Sanders Roark told Timmerman.
Sanders Roark also told the detective another man and woman were involved in the killings but he said he didn’t know their names. No others have been charged and authorities have not said whether the man or woman exists.
The judge scheduled a pretrial for July 23 and set bail at $5 million.
One of Rhoades’ attorneys, Bill Kluge, told the judge there was no way he could prepare a death penalty case in 90 days. He said Rhoades was willing to waive his right to a speedy trial.
“We have to hire experts. We have to do our own investigation. There is no way we can be ready,” Kluge said.
The judge allowed Rhoades to waive his right to a speedy trial.