FISHERS, Ind. (WXIN) — It’s a chilling murder plot, and the accused mastermind is a 17-year-old Fishers student.
With new court documents released Thursday, we’ve got a closer look at how police say Maxwell Winkler laid out his plan to kill 73-year-old Henry Kim.
Thursday, two sets of flowers, white and orange, laid at the site of the crime in a windy Windermere Park in Fishers.
It’s the place where investigators said Hamilton Southeastern student Maxwell Winkler shot Kim three times and cut his throat.
We’re learning the method of death was all part of Winkler’s plan.
Writings seized by investigators from Winkler’s belongings detail a frightening plot, with words and phrases like “select prey, either wait or actively hunt.”
Winkler writes that he will, “enjoy kill, shoot twice at most, slit throat,” and, “wait and review ’till time, dusk, prepare to kill.”
“I mean, for a teenager to do something so horrific like that, it was really shocking and surprising,” said John Hilkirk, the teenager’s neighbor.
Police found the teen Monday riding his bike near a wooded area off 106th Street and Hawthorne Ridge, at a makeshift hideout, where investigators found ammo similar to that located at the crime scene.
Once detained, Winkler made one statement to police, according to court documents, “I didn’t kill anyone.”
His capture came after tips from the public that Maxwell Winkler was following adults and children in the area on Halloween night. In one instance he even pulled out a knife, perhaps searching for victims.
Neighbors heard shots fired in that wooded area on Saturday, mere hours before the killing.
“On Monday, about twelve o’clock, I was putting my garbage out, and I saw two detectives going through their garbage, taking pictures, and then putting some packages in their vehicle,” said Hilkirk.
Hilkirk saw investigators pick up evidence at Winkler’s mother’s home. They’d later find ammo there, matching the kind that killed Henry Kim along with the cryptic notes in the teen’s bedroom.
It’s a detailed plot an old friend of Winkler’s named “Mitchell” tells FOX59 comes as a surprise, even with evidence of a darker past.
“He showed signs of feeling misunderstood as a person but never acted violently, never let that affect how he acted around us,” the friend told FOX59’s Kendall Downing, “It was just kind of shocking to hear something like that, that somebody who you know you could look at as a friend, could let whatever happened to him happen to him and let that affect his actions.”
One of the teen’s teachers even alerted police with a tip, saying he came back to school Monday clean-shaven, when he’d had a beard before the weekend.
The teenager’s being represented by high-profile Indianapolis attorney Jim Voyles. FOX59 reached out to Voyles on Thursday, but we did not hear back by deadline time.