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Police seize 54 guns from teenager's home

| Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

LITITZ -- Police seized 54 guns from the home of a teen charged with killing his girlfriend's parents and fleeing the state with her, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Warwick Township police removed the weapons, which included an array of rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition, on Sunday afternoon from the home where 18-year-old David Ludwig lived with his parents. The search occurred as police were still trying to find him and 14-year-old Kara Beth Borden.

David Ludwig is being held without bail on murder and kidnapping charges after being flown back to Lancaster County on Tuesday from Indiana, where police captured him after a chase.

Police allege Ludwig shot Michael and Cathryn Borden shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday at their home in Lititz after an argument over his relationship with Kara. The two had been dating, apparently secretly, friends and witnesses said.

Ludwig was arrested around midday Monday after he crashed his parents' car into a tree in Belleville, Ind., about 600 miles from the murder scene, during a police chase. Neither Ludwig nor the girl, who has not been charged, was injured in the crash.

Investigators have said they are treating Kara Borden as a crime victim, but the investigation is continuing.

Ludwig's parents, Gregory and Jane Ludwig, issued a statement Wednesday expressing their sorrow over the slayings but have not spoken publicly. They have not returned multiple phone messages seeking comment.

David Ludwig apparently was an avid hunter and posted 20 pictures labeled "Hunting 2004" on a Web site that included an image of him posing with a dead deer.

Neither of Ludwig's parents is licensed as a firearms dealer or collector, according to a check of the national licensing center of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Police were not immediately available yesterday afternoon to comment on the search. Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro declined to comment, and attorneys for Ludwig did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

The Bordens were each shot once in the head with what authorities said was probably a .40-caliber handgun.

Robert D. Beyer, a Lancaster attorney who is representing Kara, told The Associated Press yesterday that he met with the girl, her court-appointed guardian and family on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"First of all, she's a little girl," Beyer said. "Since Sunday, she's been going through a trauma, or a series of traumas, that would probably send most adults reeling. I think she's still in shock to some degree. She's rather confused over what happened."

Beyer would not say whether investigators have interviewed Kara, and he also said he could not reveal the identity of her court-appointed guardian because the court has sealed those records.

Asked whether police have said if Kara is a target of their investigation, Beyer said: "If she were, I don't know that she would be free. ... I'd like to think if she was the focus of that investigation, she would be in custody."

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