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DA: 3 charged in home-invasion killing were after $200K

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(Left to right) Cody Wunder, Kyle Wunder and Stephen Harmer (Left to right) Cody Wunder, Kyle Wunder and Stephen Harmer

Three men have been charged with homicide in the shooting death of a Peach Bottom area man during a home invasion robbery nearly two weeks ago.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced the arrests in the killing of Douglas Herr Wednesday evening, just a couple of hours after the final two men were arrested.

Stedman identified the three suspects as 24-year-old Cody Wunder and his 22-year-old brother Kyle Wunder, both of Aston in Delaware County, and 26-year-old Stephen Harmer of Kirkwood, Lancaster County.

The district attorney said the three went to Herr's home at 1297 Furniss Road in Drumore Township the night of August 17 because Harmer knew the victim had a safe with about $200,000 in cash that he received in a settlement from his wife's death in 2009.

Authorities said the 62-year-old Herr did not go down without a fight after the men burst into his house after smashing the glass from a sliding door. He retrieved a gun and used it to shoot Cody Wunder during a physical struggle in an upstairs hallway. Moments later, Kyle Wunder shot Herr in the head with a shotgun, authorities said.

"He defended his property. He defended his castle," Stedman said. "It was terrible that he was unsuccessful, but he made every effort to defend his right to life and liberty. These despicable thugs took his life and liberty and then they took his money."

Stedman said police tracked down the suspects by checking local hospitals after receiving a tip that Cody Wunder had been shot in the leg.

"We actually had a tip that came in that provided the names of the individuals," Stedman said. "That person could not give us direct evidence, but he had the courage to step forward, and then after we heard that name we could check with the hospitals and local police."

Harmer and Cody Wunder were arrested at their homes Wednesday. Kyle Wunder was taken into custody at a gas station a short distance from his residence.

All three men are being held in the Lancaster County Prison without bail on charges of criminal homicide, robbery, burglary and related charges.

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