Unnecessary Tragedy: Gun Collector Murdered

Terry Bratcher (right) and Keith Allen (left) are charged in the home invasion and murder of Carl Kuhn, 82, of unincorporated Bartlett. (DuPage County Sheriff's Office)
Terry Bratcher (right) and Keith Allen (left) are charged in the home invasion and murder of Carl Kuhn, 82, of unincorporated Bartlett. (DuPage County Sheriff’s Office)

Two men who went to the home of an 82-year-old northwest suburban firearms collector Friday to steal some guns wound up killing the man, according to DuPage County authorities.

Terry S. Bratcher, 43, of the 3N500 block of Route 59 in West Chicago, and Keith L. Allen, 21, of the 10000 block of South LaSalle in Chicago, have been arrested and charged with first degree murder and home invasion with a firearm, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s police responded to a call at 9 p.m. Friday of a man unconscious and not breathing in a home on the 29W400 block of Schick Road in an unincorporated area near Barlett.

They found Carl W. Kuhn unresponsive on the second floor of the home, where he was pronounced dead.

On Friday, Bratcher and Allen devised a plan to burglarize Kuhn’s home and steal firearms, according to a release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office. Kuhn, according to the sheriff’s release, was known as an avid firearms collector.

Bratcher allegedly went into the home first and then called Allen to join him. They allegedly forced Kuhn to an upstairs bedroom and smothered him to death, then burglarized the home, the release said. Read more

Source: wbbm780.com



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