With questions revolving around a bizarre double shooting in Ohio, the man who pulled the trigger to his ex-wife and her new husband, said he was acting in self-defense.
Robert “Lindsey” Duncan and his wife Molly say that everything in their home outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio was quiet and normal on Wednesday morning, until Lindsey says, “All of a sudden hell started.”
Former stunt wife Cheryl Sanders, ex-wife of Lindsey, and her new husband Reed Sanders, who both apparently had driven 440 miles from their home near Asheville, North Carolina, were confronted by the Duncans in Ohio.
Friends of the Sanders couple say that Cheryl was planning to discuss problems with a children’s trust fund with her ex-husband and doubted whether Cheryl or Reed would ever initiate violence.
Not so, Lindsey and Molly said at an emotional press conference on Friday, where they described fighting for their lives after the other couple attacked them in an armed ambush without warning.
Molly and Lindsey Duncan made a statement on Friday about ambushing and killing Lindsay’s ex-wife and her new husband outside their home in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Reed and Cheryl Sanders had traveled from North Carolina to Ohio to attack her ex-husband and his new wife over a long-running dispute over their daughters’ university fund
Lindsay Duncan describes the shooting of his ex-wife Cheryl Sanders and her husband Reed
Cheryl Sanders and her new husband Reed Sanders apparently had driven 440 miles from their home near Asheville, North Carolina to confront the Duncans in Ohio
“The word ambush is exactly what it was,” Molly said Dayton Daily News. “We were taken by surprise. They said nothing and they started shooting at us. ”
Lindsey, a famous nutritionist who appeared in “The Dr. Oz Show, and “The View,” said the ambush occurred when he and Molly returned from their routine visit to Yellow Springs for breakfast.
“We get our coffee. We went to the emporium to get our eggs and our kale and our toast. And then we went home like we do every day, “he said.
Cheryl Sanders was shot by her ex-husband on Wednesday after she had lured him into an ambush
Robert said they stopped to pick up their gate to pick up a package and pick up their mail when a big man in a camouflage mask and hoodie ran to his wife and held a gun 10 centimeters from her head.
“I thought it was a bad nightmare. I didn’t know what to do, “Lindsey said. “What happened next was instinct. It was not me. It was instinct. ”
Lindsey says an ongoing firefight ensued and bullets flew only a few centimeters from his wife’s head.
“Thank goodness he knew how to respond and what to do,” Molly said. “God was on our side that day, no doubt about it.”
Lindsey is not confronted with indictments in their death, because the police say he acted in self-defense and the shootings were justified.
The police believe that the surveillance footage recovered from the incident proves that Lindsey acted in self-defense and that Sanders had threatened him and his wife.
Authorities have recovered three firearms. Police say Lindsey Duncan has a hidden transportation license.
Molly Duncan claims that Reed Sanders aimed a gun at her head during the attack
The couple was not identified by the police due to security issues, but chose to release a statement
Lindsay was the person who called 911 after the attack, in which he was told: “I shot them, they came to our window and had a gun aimed at my wife’s head.”
Supervision images of the attack seem to confirm that Duncan told about the incident.
Reed Sanders was also found with various fake forms of identity alongside him, alongside fake car labels.
Officials said Reed Sanders had a previous criminal record, but refused to release details.
“[Cheryl] threatened to kill the man’s wife and he shot at that person, “Sheriff Gene Fischer explained.
“About five years ago the resident informed us that he had received information that the ex-wife was trying to hire someone to kill him,” he went on and told about an earlier incident in which Duncan feared his ex-wife.
The Duncans were just driving when an armed Reed Sanders approached them
Cheryl and Reed Sanders died of gunshot wounds in the shootout that followed
The police said that Lindsay Duncan is not a suspect in their death because he acted in self-defense
The police are still investigating the cause of the fact that the couple appeared armed in Duncan’s house, but it is believed that this is due to constant fighting over money.
According to Citizen Times, the dispute disputed the trust fund set up for the two adult children of Cheryl Sanders and Lindsay Duncan, who had to pay for the girls’ study costs.
“He has given them nothing but hell since she married him,” said a friend of Reed Sanders about Lindsey Duncan, adding that the ex-husband was “dominant” to Cheryl Sanders.
“He didn’t like that she was remarried and happy,” he added.
“Part of the problem is that he had to sign where they went to school, and they didn’t go to the schools he wanted, so he refused to sign off to give them the money.”
Reed and Cheryl Sanders had a food and fitness company in North Carolina
The friend also confirmed that Sanders had a gun.
“They wore them all the time,” he said.
“She was wearing one in her bag and he was wearing one in a small saddle in the back of his pants. They both wore weapons because they were afraid of Lindsey … ”
In court, documents come from Dayton Daily News, Cheryl Sanders and Lindsay Duncan signed a “marital agreement in 1999, were married and divorced in 2009.”
“Since the divorce, the data suggests that their relationship has remained sour,” the newspaper reported.
“It’s a very complex set of facts,” said Suzanne Schmidt, Greene County’s first assistant prosecutor, about the shooting.
“What we are planning to do in a case like this is … once the investigation is complete, the case will be referred to a major Greene County jury for an assessment to see if any costs are justified. That is typical of what we do, but it will be a long process. ”
Cheryl Sanders, 59, started working as a body double for Jessica Alba, left, and Brooke Shields, right, when she stopped working as a stuntwoman due to a bad fall on the set in 1989
Sanders previously worked as a Hollywood stunt double in the 1980s and appeared in the movie “Back to the Future” and was responsible for Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon series.
Her stunts related to a 20-foot fall on the set “Back to the Future,” which halted her career in 1989. She shattered bones in her face, right arm and hand when a cable was released in the fall and she smashed the concrete.
She also did double work for Jessica Alba in 2016 and some work for Brooke Shields.
The couple lived in North Carolina for the past four years, where they had a food and fitness company.