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Alec Devon Kreider
Born February 4, 1991 (1991-02-04) (age 19)
Charge(s) Murder
Penalty Three Life Sentences without parole
Status Incarcerated, SCI Pine Grove, Indiana, PA
Occupation Unemployed
Parents Timothy Scot Kreider, Angela Parsons Kreider

Alec Devon Kreider (born February 4, 1991) is a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania teenager who was convicted for the three murders of a Manheim Township family on May 12, 2007.

Kreider is now serving three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. A controversy remains as to the validity of Kreider's convictions. Judge David Ashworth denied Kreider's post-sentence challenge to his consecutive sentences. The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed Ashworth's denial. Kreider filed a petition under Pennsylvania's Post-Conviction Collateral Relief Act on December 8, 2009. The issues raised in the PCRA raise serious challenges in his case.

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Background of Killings

The victims, Thomas Alan Haines (age 50), an industrial-supplies salesman, Lisa Ann Haines (age 47), a preschool teacher, and their son Kevin, a high school sophomore, were found on May 12 at their house in Manheim Township after their daughter Maggie, a student at Bucknell University, was awakened by a noise in the middle of the night, "smelled blood," and was told by her mother to go for assistance.[1] Alec and Kevin were in the same German class and were reported by a fellow student to be "close buddies". Alec attended the family's memorial service on May 19, 2007. [2]

Murders, Police Response & Investigation

On the morning of May 12, 2007 Kreider allegedly entered the Haines' residence without force. All three victims died from stab wounds. The daughter, Maggie, escaped physical harm. She ran from the home and across the street to a neighbor who called 911 for help. Communication between the neighbor, the call taker at 911, and the dispatcher caused extreme unnecessary delay in police response to the "unknown disturbance". The official timeline notes that it took the first responding officer nearly 12 minutes to arrive from a distance of 4 miles, in the middle of the night with no traffic barriers. Police say this delay had no bearing on the survival of the victims.

The parents were found in their bedroom and Kevin was found at the opposite end of the upstairs hallway on the floor outside his bedroom. According to police reports bloody shoeprints enter the parents bedroom and then to the common upstairs bathroom where a supposed shoeprint was found on the linoleum in front of the sink. Police presume the murderer attempted to clean up at the sink as blood was also found therein. Bloody shoeprints appeared on lower carpeted steps as the perpetrator exited. Blood transfer was found on the rear sliding glass door exited to the rear of the house.

The law enforcement investigation began around 2:40 a.m. on May 12, 2007. The victims were declared dead shortly after 5 a.m. by deputy county coroners. Autopsies were performed two days later. The day after the murders bloodhounds tracked "a strong scent of fear" along a path that led down the hill to PA Route 501 and north to a ice cream/fast food restaurant where the scent vanished. Police presumed the perpetrator had a vehicle waiting and used it to escape. Despite the tracking by bloodhounds, authorities dismissed the 1.5 mile trail they followed in a direction opposite the alleged path taken by Kreider now presented by law enforcement. Upon Kreider's arrest all information associated with the bloodhounds was dismissed, as it did not match law enforcement's new theory. Police say, "the dogs made a mistake."

Arrest

During a month of intense national and regional media coverage and speculation, including tracking by bloodhounds and an intensive search by PSP cadets, Kreider was arrested on June 16, 2007 after his father, Timothy Scot Kreider, informed authorities that his son had confessed to the killings two days earlier.[3] Police said Kreider was a friend of victim Kevin Haines (16), a fellow sophomore at Manheim Township High School. Kreider pleaded guilty to three counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole on June 17, 2008. His age prevented him from being sentenced to death due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Roper v. Simmons (2005).[2]

A financial reward offered by the Haines family remains unclaimed.

References

  1. ^ Scolforo, Mark (2007-06-16). "Police Arrest Teen in Slaying of Family". lancasteronline.com. http://ap.lancasteronline.com/4/family_slain. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b Smart, Gil (2007-06-17). "Son tells dad he killed 3". lancasteronline.com. http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/205777. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Teen Arrested in Pennsylvania Family's Slaying". Fox News. 2007-06-16. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,283395,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 

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