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2 face death penalty 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 woman and burning her alive at a wildlife area in Lancaster County will face the death penalty at their trial.

Prosecutors have filed a notice of intent to seek a sentence of death against 21-year-old Adam Lynch of Reading and 19-year old Ryan Schannauer of Wyomissing, according to court records.

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 Clay Township 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 in Robesonia the night of Dec. 30.

Lynch and Schannauer instead drove Kline to the remote area and after some sort of sexual altercation stabbed her multiple times, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire while she was still alive, according to prosecutors.

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. They are scheduled to enter pleas during a formal arraignment on March 28.


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