September 11, 2013 | 08:39 AM
One of the men accused of murdering Greenville couple Asenath (Senie) Arnold and Gary Henderson last month was in Harrison Superior Court Monday afternoon, for a hearing that lasted eight minutes, to advise Judge Roger D. Davis as to whether or not he had hired an attorney.
A shackled Austin Scott, 18, was joined in front of the bench by his mother and sister, who locked arms with him. Scott told the judge at a hearing two weeks ago that his family had hired New Albany attorney Stephen Beardsley.
Austin Scott (click for larger version)
Davis said Monday that he spoke with Beardsley on an unrelated matter, with Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk present, and that Beardsley advised Davis that he had not been hired by the family, but, if he were appointed as a public defender, he would accept the case.
After finding Scott was indigent, Davis appointed Amie Newlon to be Scott's public defender. An omnibus and pre-trial hearing date is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 1 p.m., with a jury trial scheduled in November.
Scott then kissed his mother, who stroked his left arm throughout the hearing, and kissed his sister before being led out of the courtroom and to the Harrison County Jail.
Scott and his co-defendant, Kevin (Drew) Schuler, are accused of stabbing Henderson 23 times and beating Arnold to death with a wooden single-tree, which is used on a horse harness, after breaking into the couple's home. The teens also allegedly stole money, firearms and prescription medication.
Each is charged with three counts of murder (one count for the murder and two counts because the murders took place while in the act of committing a felony), felony burglary, robbery and theft in connection with the deaths of Henderson and Arnold.