Two brothers are in police custody in connection with the home invasion attack on an elderly Brown County couple on November 15, 2009.
Prosecutors filed charges in Nashville on Friday against Bennie Reed, 17, and his 13-year-old brother. The two are accused of murdering Richard “Dude” Voland, 84, of Helmsburg, and then shooting and stabbing his wife Mary, who survived the attack.
The suspects lived about a mile from their alleged victims, on the same quiet country road, north of town.
Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said state police detectives led the investigation.
“Their dogged determination is what solved this case,” Oliver said, “and the people of Brown County don’t have to be afraid in their homes anymore, because these people have been caught.”
The younger suspect told investigators that he and his brother had initially gone to the Volands’ home on Lick Creek Road to steal alcohol. But Bennie Reed told police he was already intoxicated at the time of the attack, and does not know why he went to the couple’s home in the first place.
A state police affidavit alleges that the brothers went to the Volands’ home armed with a butcher knife and a .25-caliber Colt handgun they had stolen just days before, from another nearby home.
The two suspects are thought to have gone to and from the Volands’ home on their bicycles. According to the police affidavit, the suspects rode their bikes home after the early morning attack and went to sleep.
Oliver said Bennie Reed will be charged as an adult.