A Hamlet, Ind., man
was arrested Saturday on two counts of murder in perpetration of robbery, in
connection with the murder of two Lake County teenagers in February 2019.
Silva II, 19, is being held without bond on those charges at the Porter
A Center Township
man, Connor Railand Kerner, 19, remains jailed at PCJ on two murder charges
in connection with the incident.
On March 2, 2019,
the bodies of Thomas Grill, 19, of Cedar Lake, and Molley Lanham, 19, of St.
John, were found in a burnt-out car in rural Hebron. Subsequent
investigation led to Kerner’s being charged with their murders and waived
into adult court--he was 17 at the time--after a confidential source
reported that Kerner had admitted killing the boyfriend and girlfriend in
his grandparents’ garage in Hebron, allegedly during a drug deal.
According to the
confidential source, on Feb. 25, 2019, with Lanham waiting in the car,
Kerner and Grill went into the garage, where Kerner shot at Grill, missing
him twice, then hitting him, and then as Grill begged for his life beat him
with a pipe wrench until he was dead. Kerner next left the garage, asked
Lanham to accompany him back, and when they were inside the garage shot her
in the back of the head. Kerner then put the two bodies in their car, loaded
it with three propane cylinders and four bottles of tiki fluid, drove it to
a wooded area, ignited it, and walked back to his grandparents’.
friend, initially denied being at the Kerner’s grandparents’ during the
murder but subsequently advised that he accompanied Kerner there on the day
of the murders, Feb. 25, and that he took a seat in the basement to wait. He
then heard six shots and Kerner’s yelling for him, and on entering the
garage saw Lanham lying “motionless face down” and Grill “still alive making
noise.” Silva began wiping up blood as instructed by Kerner, while Kerner
himself began striking Grill with the pipe wrench. Silva advised that he
then assisted Kerner in cleaning the scene and that they later left together
in Kerner’s Jeep. Before being dropped off, Silva told investigators, he saw
Kerner with a handgun which Kerner identified as a CZ9, which proved to
belong to Kerner’s grandfather. Silva advised “that he had never see