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Homeowner charged in shooting death of teen

Published: Fri, August 21, 2009 @ 12:06 a.m.

The suspects were secretly indicted in connection with the Hubbard Township homicide.

GIRARD — Two Masury residents are jailed on charges tied to the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.

Karen Adams and Paul Sundy Jr., both of Stateline Road, were taken into police custody Thursday at the Girard Municipal Court.

They had been secretly indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury. The two are being investigated in the death of Robert Flynn, also of Masury.

Detective Mike Begeot of the Hubbard Township Police Department said Adams is charged with one count of murder with a gun specification, three counts of felonious assault and one felony count of tampering with evidence.

Sundy Jr. is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing justice — both felonies.

Begeot said the two will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in Warren.

Adams was in the municipal court on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence. Judge Michael Bernard was to conduct a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. But Begeot and Girard police then informed Adams and Sundy Jr. they were being arrested.

Both Adams and Sundy Jr. were handcuffed and escorted to vehicles outside the municipal building. Adams was placed in an unmarked Mercury Grand Marquis and Sundy Jr. was placed in a Girard police cruiser. Both were taken to the Trumbull County Jail.

The indictment surprised both Adams and Sundy Jr., who offered no comment.

Amy Hanlon, who was in the courtroom and said she is a friend of the pair, called the indictment “shocking.”

“They’re good people; they’re great people,” she said of Adams and Sundy Jr. “They don’t hurt people.”

Adams was arrested earlier this month after police found a .22-caliber gun in the 1628 Stateline Road home owned by Sundy Jr., who police said was dating Adams. Hubbard Police Chief Todd Coonce said the weapon was hidden from police.

Flynn was fatally shot Aug. 10 at the home after he and three teen friends reportedly drove to the house. Police said earlier that day the group called a teenage daughter of Sundy, who intercepted the call. A heated discussion ensued, and the boys arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m.

The shooting began shortly after, and the boys called 911 at 2:44. Flynn, who police believe was standing outside of the vehicle at the time, was shot once in the head. He was then taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he was pronounced dead. The Mahoning County coroner ruled Flynn’s death a homicide.

“It’s a tragic case all the way around,” Begeot said.

Begeot added that there are now no charges against any of the teens — but said he would continue to meet with the county prosecutor’s office in coming weeks.

Asked whether he anticipated any charges against the teens, he responded: “There are no charges at this time against any juveniles.”

Present for the preliminary hearing were Kayla Wagner and Krista Dorogy, both of Masury, who said they knew the victim.

“I’m just glad they’re in jail,” Dorogy said. “Now things can move forward, and the family can start having some questions answered.”

Wagner, the sister-in-law of the victim, said, “You should never take the law into your own hands.”



1itbelinda(22 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE ARE NO CHARGES AGAINST THE JUVENILES??? Those boys are just as guilty in Robert's death. They should not have been anywhere near that house at 2:00 in the morning. Paul and Karen were in their home minding their own business.

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2freedomofspeech(6 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

There shouldn't be any charges against the boys. Sure the boys should of not been there. They didn't have guns, the home owners didn't call police when all this started. I can't say anything about paul but Karen Adams said in the police 911 call she didn't shoot that boy. How did she know the boy got shot? The person she spoke to on the 911 call said not one thing to her about someone getting shot. Also what the paper didn't say was how there were bullet holes in the car and how the boys had to pick up Robert Flynn throw him in the back seat of the car and get the hell out of there. The paper also didn't say how Adams was going crazy and shot 9 times at the boys. But that will all come out in court. If Adams didn't kill Robert why was she lying so much. About what kind of gun.How she was shooting in the air. How did she know the Flynn got shot. She was outside when she shot Flynn. Sundy said he he ran when he heard shots, Why did he leave his 2 kids in the house and Adams 2 kids in the house when he ran? He didn't run he was trying to get the gun off of adams who was going gun happy on the boys. Robert Flynn Rest in peice

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3OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

What kind of nonsense is that? "Never take the law into your own hands". Excuse me ma'am, but the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution allows us to do just that, when necessary. If you call my house and threaten my family, then SHOW UP in my front yard in the middle of the night, and you get SHOT, that's your own damn fault. I can't believe these people are in jail....

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4Eric(207 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

This is Ohio, not Texas. Just because someone is in your yard DOES NOT MEAN they should be killed. The police are there to deal with such situations. These boys weren't armed. They weren't in the house. They weren't posing a threat to anyone's life. The article says nothing about any threats, and even if there were, that still wouldn't justify shooting some unarmed kids in the yard. There were no grounds for self defense. Old Mama, if you were to shoot someone for just being in your yard, you would deserve to be behind bars, too.

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5freedomofspeech(6 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you eric. They should of called the police when the phone calls started. Then they should of called the police when they showed up. Karen and Paul are where they should be. You can protect yourself when someone is in your home. I would. But when they are in your drive way unarmed call the police.

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6itbelinda(22 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with your comment, however, I also think ther should be charges brought against the three boys who were also there. They should not have been there in the first place and we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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7Eric(207 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes, I agree there should be charges against the boys. Going to a house at 2:30 am couldn't have served any constructive purpose.

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8rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Karen Adams said the boys kept this up hour after hour.
Duh! Did you ever hear about calling the police? The township police would have been there in about 3 minutes--especially at 2:30 in the morning.
OldFashionedMamma---you are the reason gun owners get a bad rap.You are nothing but one of those rednecks who don't think.White Trash.

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9redgpgtp(37 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Well, this isn't the wild wild west and these boys, although wrong for showing up at 2 a.m. in the morning on someone's property, were not armed. Had they been armed and shooting their guns also, then maybe that's a different situation, however, these people, were gun happy and began shooting irresponsibly and deserve to be charged and jailed for MURDER!!! CASE CLOSED.

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10joe1616(52 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

You are absolutely wrong. Try reading the doctrine again. A person has to honestly believe that deadly force was necessary to prevent serious body harm or death. Standing in the lawn with tire irons and bats does not pose the threat of serious harm or death to someone. I'm a defense lawyer and I can tell you that will not fly. If they were trying to beat the door down, or window, perhaps; but not standing in the lawn. The threat has to be imminent.

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Let look at this through the eyes of the real world . First did the adults of the house call 911 when the threat wasimminent ? If not why not ? Was there a functional phone in the house ? Was there an attempted entry into the house ? Simple trespass does not give you the right to kill . Did the kids have firearms ? Did they shoot their firearms ?

At this stage that they are in after the boy was killed the legalities are against them . A simple 911 call when they boys first showed would have saved all of the grief on both sides . They law would have been on the parents side and the boys would have been arrested .

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12gracie2012(1 comment)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

this is another article from today....her actions seem appropriate and she was alone

BOARDMAN — A call from a neighbor, a foot chase and police visits to two township homes resulted in the arrests of an adult and a juvenile on receiving stolen property charges and another juvenile on drug charges.

About 4:30 a.m. Thursday, a Forest Ridge Drive woman saw a figure in her neighbor’s driveway and the dome light on in one of their vehicles. One of the figures then came to her driveway, looking into the woman’s car using a flashlight, said Detective Glenn Patton.

The woman let her dogs out, and the two people fled. She called police.

Officers found Joshua Humphrey, 18, and arrested him.

They went to the Terrace Drive home of Humphrey’s parents to see if the parents might know with whom their son had been.

The parents told police that Humphrey wasn’t living on Terrace but instead stayed at a home on Mathews Road. Police went to that home and, with consent of the homeowner, conducted a search, Patton said.

They found one 17-year-old with a case of beer, scales and marijuana pipes. That teen was charged with underage possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They found another 17-year-old also in the home with Global Positioning Systems and wallets that had been reported stolen. That teen’s backpack contained additional GPS devices and electronic equipment matching what had been reported taken from vehicles throughout the township during the last month.

Humphrey and the second 17-year-old were each charged with receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Humphrey was taken to the Mahoning County jail, and the second 17-year-old was taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center

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13OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago


I am college educated, graduated from Boardman and live in a nice suburb. Not exactly what one might call "redneck". But if you want to paint me with that brush because I believe in our country's founding values, then go right ahead. I'll take it as a compliment...

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14Eric(207 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Country's founding values? Exactly what values are you referring to? No where does the constitution, or any of the founding fathers, support killing some kids just because they were in someone's yard.

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15bhbac(1 comment)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

These punks were on their property with weapons. It's just a shame she missed the rest of them.

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16itbelinda(22 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I feel that Paul and Karen should have called the police when this incident first happened. However, I also believe that those boys, and I will go as far at to call them thugs in training, should have left that man, his girlfriend and their children alone. Had they been in bed where they belonged and not out harrasing a law abiding, productive, business owner and his very quiet, respectful daughter, Robert Flynn would be alive today. They made very bad decisions and are old enough to know what they were doing and I believe that they would not have left this issue go even if the police would have been called. They had every intention of inflicting harm to someone in that house whether it was Paul Sundy, Karen Sundy or one of the innocent children in the house.

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