David Ludwig accused of murdering his girlfriend's parents and kidnapping her

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 16, 2005 08:00 AM

The 18-year-old accused of killing his 14-year-old girlfriend’s parents and taking her to Indiana is back home in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and is being held without bail on charges of criminal homicide, kidnapping and reckless endangerment, CNN reports.

David Ludwig reportedly did not fight extradition to Pennsylvania where he was arraigned late Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 23. Donald Totaro, the district attorney in Lancaster County, said he would decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

The girlfriend, Kara Borden, returned home on a separate plane, Reuters reports. She is currently being considered a victim in the case, rather than an accomplice, “until I hear otherwise,” according to Warwick Township (Penn.) Police Chief Richard F. Garipoli Jr. Totaro said the girl had been reunited with her family members, and a legal guardian has been appointed.

Indiana police apprehended Ludwig on Monday after the Volkswagen Jetta he was driving slammed into a tree during a chase. Trooper David Cox described Borden, who was with Ludwig, as “just frantic, crying, screaming” when she got out of the car. Police are still investigating whether or not she was kidnapped or fled with Ludwig willingly.

Ludwig allegedly shot Borden’s parents, both 50, in their home in Lititz, a small town in Amish country about an hour west of Philadelphia, early Sunday after an argument over the young couple’s relationship. Ludwig and Borden were both home-schooled, and police are reportedly investigating messages and photographs of each other that the two allegedly swapped over the computer.

Besides Kara, the Bordens are survived by four other children: James, 24, Justin, 21, Katelyn, 15, and David, 11.

Said Garipoli on Tuesday: “Kara’s upset. She’s crying. She’s a 14-year-old child, and we seem to forget that.”