Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 5, 2013

Witness reports conflict in Peru stabbing

18-year-old charged with murder and battery.

By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — PERU – Witnesses say an 18-year-old Peru man stabbed and killed a 19-year-old man during a Sunday morning altercation, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Brayton L. Kelsor died at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru early Sunday morning after an altercation with Rannin A. Shuler at around 2:30 a.m. at 57 E. Sixth Street, Peru, according to witnesses.

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.

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

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

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.

Shuler was charged Monday with murder, battery with a deadly weapon resulting in serious bodily injury, obstruction of justice and perjury.

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