David Maurer, a 71-year-old man who lived at the Lurie Terrace senior community in Ann Arbor, was found dead inside his apartment on December 1. Police believe he died approximately a week earlier, and that three men who allegedly robbed the elderly man are responsible for his death. Neighbors who describe the victim as a gentle and quiet man are shocked, according to news reports.
On Sunday December 15, three men were arraigned on charges of murder and robbery. They include 20-year-old Ricky Ranger, 19-year-old Mark Paling, and 19-year-old Richard Thompson. Although the connection is not clear at this time, police believe the suspects were known to Maurer. The three have been charged with unarmed robbery, larceny in a building, open murder, conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery, and larceny of a firearm. According to reports, the suspects stole multiple items from the victim’s apartment including credit cards, a cell phone, firearm, computer, money, and a controlled substance.
All three of the suspects are scheduled for a December 26 preliminary exam; if convicted, the maximum sentence is life in prison. Police did not reveal how Maurer was killed, or when investigators began viewing the victim’s death as a homicide. Police would only say that upon responding to his residence on December 1, Maurer’s body was badly decomposed.
All three suspects will be represented by the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office according to a news article at Mlive.com. All are being held without bond.
While no motive is given for the alleged homicide, perhaps if the suspects knew the victim, they felt they had to quiet him after robbing his apartment. Regardless of how or why the incident occurred, it is certainly tragic for both the victim and the suspects, who are young and have their entire lives ahead of them. If convicted, it is likely these three young men will spend a substantial portion of their lives, and possibly the remainder of their lives, locked behind bars.
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