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Slay suspect had argued with girl's father

LANCASTER, Pa. -- After they spent the night together at his house, David Ludwig drove his 14-year-old girlfriend home about 5:30 a.m. and then waited for the customary text-message that she had made it into her room safely.

But he didn't hear from her right way, and several of his own text messages went unanswered.

When he finally reached Kara Borden a short time later, she told him that she had been caught and her parents wanted to see him.

Ludwig stuffed a Glock pistol in his waistband, grabbed some other weapons, and headed for the Borden home, according to an account the 18-year-old man gave to police of the events leading up to the killing of Kara's parents Nov. 13.

By the time police caught up with Ludwig in Indiana, Kara was in the passenger seat and, he said, headed west with him to start a new life together.

Ludwig is now in jail in Pennsylvania on homicide charges in the slaying of Michael and Cathryn Borden at their home in Lititz. The account of the crime was contained in court papers filed by prosecutors Tuesday.

It was about 7 a.m. when Ludwig showed up at the Borden family home in a well-to-do suburban neighborhood. He had two guns and a hunting knife, according to police.

There was a 30- to 45-minute talk with Kara's father. Police said it was an argument that ended with Michael Borden telling Ludwig he could no longer see his daughter. Ludwig told police that he then decided to kill his girlfriend's parents.

The case was considered a kidnapping until authorities concluded that the girl went willingly. Her lawyer said Tuesday that she did not know that Ludwig might shoot her parents and that she had no role in planning the killings.

Ludwig told police the girl never asked him to kill her parents.

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