Teen arrested in murder of 73-year-old Fishers man, will be tried as an adult

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FISHERS (Nov. 4, 2014) – Fishers police arrested a teenager in the homicide of a 73-year-old man.

Maxwell Winkler
Maxwell Winkler

Investigators made the announcement Tuesday morning. Maxwell Winkler, 17, was arrested on a count of murder in the death of Henry Kim. He is a student at Hamilton Southeastern High School, police said. The case will be waived to adult court given Winkler's age and the nature of the crime.

Police didn't say what the motive was. Police found Winkler with a bike in a wooded area at 106th and Hawthorne Ridge Monday afternoon. A homeowner in the area told police where he had spoken with Winkler the day before. They executed search warrants at two different locations in Fishers. Detectives found items they believe are related to the homicide and arrested Winkler around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Henry Kim
Henry Kim

Kim was found dead Saturday night at Windermere Park near 96th Street and Mollenkopf Road. Police said he’d been shot three times and suffered a cut to his throat. A person walking a dog found his body. Police say Winkler lives in the Windermere Park subdivision.

Divers searched a pond for clues Monday, and police released pictures of a mountain bike and BMX helmet worn by a person of interest in the case. Police say a bike matching that description was found with Winkler in the wooded area Monday.

Legacy Cremation & Funeral Centers in Lawrence will handle the arrangements for Kim. Services will be private and open to family and friends only by invitation.

Winkler is the son of Anderson economic development director Greg Winkler. Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith issued the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families affected by this tragedy," said Mayor Kevin Smith.  "Greg is a loving father and this tragedy in no way reflects on the superior work Greg does for the citizens of Anderson. We’re awaiting information as it becomes available."

Administrators at Hamilton Southeastern released the following statement about the arrest:

We are shocked and saddened by the events that have unfolded since the weekend. Our hearts go out to all the families involved in this tragedy.

Our focus at this time is to support our students and staff. We are pulling together as a school community to help one another during this difficult time. We will have resources available for students and staff today and throughout the week.

We appreciate the swift and thorough action of our police department and the actions they took to keep our students and community safe.

The school planned to post a similar statement for parents at its website:

We are shocked and saddened by the events that have unfolded since the weekend. Our hearts go out to all the families involved in this tragedy.

Our focus at this time is to support our students and staff. We are pulling together as a school community to help one another during this difficult time. We will have resources available for students and staff today and throughout the week.

We have been in communication with our School Resource Officers and the Fishers Police Department. We have been advised as information has become available regarding the investigation. Yesterday, we did keep students inside for recess and PE consistent with other safety precautions taken in the community. We did not become aware of the suspect until late last night and became aware of the arrest this morning.

We appreciate the swift and thorough action of our police department and the actions they took to keep our students and community safe.

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