Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 22, 2014

Murder trial set for 18-year-old man

Police: Rannin Shuler stabbed, killed 19-year-old during fight

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

— PERU — An 18-year-old Peru man is set to face trial for murder after police say he stabbed and killed a 19-year-old Peru man during an altercation in December.

Rannin A. Shuler is scheduled for a jury trial from May 19 through May 23 on charges of murder, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, obstruction of justice and false informing.

According to witnesses, Shuler stabbed and killed Brayton L. Kelsor at 57 E. Sixth St., Peru, during an early-morning fight.

Police said they discovered large amounts of blood throughout the residence.

During a police interview, Shuler said he and Jeffery A. Harrison, 18, were involved in an altercation with Kelsor and Dominick Tyler, 19, Bunker Hill.

Kelsor, Shuler and Tyler were all transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital with wounds after the fight.

Kelsor died shortly afterward.

Shuler suffered a severe injury to his hand and was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, where he underwent surgery.

Tyler sustained two small cuts on his shoulder and a cut in the center of his back. He was arrested at Dukes for minor in consumption of alcohol and reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .09 percent.

During police interviews, Shuler said he didn’t know how anyone was injured, including himself.

However, two witnesses said they saw Shuler stab Kelsor in the torso. One witness told police Kelsor had cut Shuler on the right hand.

The other witness told police Keslor didn’t have a knife during the altercation.

Two other witnesses said they didn’t see anyone with a knife during the altercation and didn’t know how anyone was injured.

Police later found a black folding knife near the Peru residence and gave it to an Indiana State Police crime scene technician for testing.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.