CHERRYHILL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Three teenagers, including a high school football player, are in police custody after a man and a woman were found dead early Thursday morning in a Cherryhill Township home, according to Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty.
Police are investigating the deaths as a double homicide.
Officials identified the victims as Tim Gardner, 26, and Jackie Brink, 20. Gardner’s two children, 1 and 3 years old, were found unharmed inside the home.
Nathan Price, 18, Justin Stevenson, 19, and Isaiah Scott, 17, were arrested and are facing criminal homicide charges. Although Scott is a juvenile, he is being charged as an adult.
According to a criminal complaint, Scott, a senior running back for Penns Manor High School’s football team, told police that Price asked him to hang out and went to Tim Gardner’s home to buy drugs. But once he saw Price and Stevenson pull out a chrome pipe and a hunting knife, Scott claims he ran and didn’t see Price and Stevenson until they got into a car to leave.
According to police, the three suspects drove to Glen Campbell after the murders and opened the safe they had stolen. Stevenson said he took $200 and Scott got marijuana, but was unsure of what Price took.