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2 headed to trial for stabbing woman, setting her on fire

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Adam Lynch, left, and Ryan Schannauer Adam Lynch, left, and Ryan Schannauer
Ashley Kline Ashley Kline

Two men accused of stabbing a young Berks County woman and burning her alive are headed to trial.

Adam Lynch, 21, of Reading, and Ryan Schannauer, 19, of Wyomissing, waived their preliminary hearings Monday and allowed all charges against them to proceed to Lancaster County court.

Both are charged with homicide, kidnapping, arson, and abuse of a corpse in the death of 23-year-old Ashley Kline.

Kline's body was found by hikers Jan. 12 in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County nearly two weeks after she was reported missing.

Authorities said Kline knew Lynch and Schannauer and believed they were going to see a movie when the three left her home the night of Dec. 30.

Lynch and Schannauer instead drove Kline to a remote area along Laurel Drive in Clay Township. After some sort of sexual altercation, Kline was stabbed multiple times and was still alive when she was doused with gasoline and set afire, according to investigators.

More than a week later on Jan. 8, the two returned to Kline's body and set it on fire again to prevent anyone from identifying her, authorities said.

Both men remain in Lancaster County Prison without bail. A formal arraignment is scheduled March 28.


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