2 Delco men and a third charged with killing and robbing Lancaster County man

Posted: September 02, 2012

Two Delaware County men were among three men arrested in the killing of a Lancaster County man during a robbery and home invasion on Aug. 18

Brothers Kyle "Chunks" Wunder, 22, and Cody Wunder, 24, of Aston, and Stephen M. Harmer, 26, of Kirkwood, Lancaster County, were charged Wednesday with homicide, burglary, robbery, and conspiracy, and held without bail at Lancaster County Prison.

Authorities say the trio plotted to rob the home of Douglas C. Herr, 62, in Drumore Township on Aug. 17 because they knew he had a safe containing $200,000.

After shooting open a back door, they were confronted by Herr, who shot Cody Wunder in a leg, according to the police report. Wunder told his brother, Kyle, to shoot Herr. They then found the safe in the master bedroom and shot the padlock.

Each of the Wunders got $50,000 and Harmer, described as the mastermind of the plot, got $100,000 from the heist, said Chris Larson, Lancaster County assistant district attorney. Harmer knew Herr through work, Larson said, but he declined to say how he knew about the money, which Herr had received in a settlement as the result of his wife's death in March 2009.

Herr's daughter, Lisa Marie Herr, who lived at the house but was out during the robbery, came home the next morning to find her father lying in the hallway with a gunshot to the head, the police report said.

Police said Harmer's girlfriend, Rebecca Hensel, told them Harmer had talked six or seven months earlier about planning to rob Herr. She was with the three at a local bar on the night of the robbery and killing. They left and about 30 minutes later, she told police, Harmer called her and told her to go to his house on Long Lane.

When she got there, she saw that Cody Wunder had a gunshot wound in a leg, police said. Harmer told her he had waited outside Herr's house while the brothers went inside; after a few minutes, he said, he heard a lot of gunfire, according to police.

Hensel said Kyle Wunder admitted shooting Herr, saying, "Of course I'm going to shoot the guy. He shot my brother."

A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 10 before District Justice Stuart J. Mylin in Quarryville.

Contact Kathy Boccella at 610-313-8123, kboccella@phillynews.com, or follow @kmboccella on Twitter.

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