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Prosecutor will seek death penalty

January 22, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk officially filed the death penalty against Kevin (Drew) Schuler and Austin Scott in Harrison Superior Court on Jan. 8.

The two men are accused of murdering Aseneth Arnold and Gary Henderson in their Byrneville home in October.

The paperwork that was filed says that Schuler killed Asenath Arnold while committing or attempting to commit the crime of robbery, by using a wooden device known as a single tree (item used with a horse carriage) to strike her multiple times in the head at her home. It also says that Schuler murdered Gary Henderson.

"Wherefore, based upon the aggravating factors present in this case, the State of Indiana requests that Kevin Andrew Schuler be sentenced to death," the filing reads.

Austin Scott committed the murder by intentionally killing the victim, Gary Henderson, while committing or attempting to commit the crime of robbery, by using a knife to stab Henderson multiple times, according to the filing.

The paperwork also says that Scott murdered Arnold by stabbing her.

"Wherefore, based upon the aggravating factors present in this case, the State of Indiana requests that Austin Bryan Scott be sentenced to death," the filing reads.

The documents were sent to Schuler's attorney, Eric Weitzel, and Scott's attorneys, Christopher Sturgeon and Amie Newlon.

Also, last week, Schalk filed an additional murder charge against Scott.

"We filed a separate count on Austin Scott for knowingly and intentionally killing Aseneth Arnold," Schalk said, alleging that, after Schuler hit Arnold in the head with the single tree, Scott took a steak knife and stabbed her.

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    January 23, 2014 | 05:45 PM

    Only God has the right to take human life. I will pray for the victims, their families, the accused men and most of all for the prosecutor. He should seek life without parole, let God do his will.

    Pro Life
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    January 24, 2014 | 02:43 PM

    They gave up their right to allow God the option when they willfully and grievously committed such horrible acts. The only person / people that have the right to make the statement you make are the victims, but their lips are sealed, and the family of the victims. Hopefully you fit into one of these two categories. Doesn't the Bible say something about " eye for an eye..."

    I praise our prosecutor and his staff for being heavy handed with the law. Accountability is lost in this day. In cases where there is, and this will be explored, clear evidence that they committed the crime, this is the correct response.

    Pro Choice
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    January 25, 2014 | 08:45 AM

    I'm not anti-death penalty by any stretch, but the prosecutor's office and the county as a whole need to understand how big of a bite they just took by seeking the death penalty. The defense lawyers will attempt to turn the case into a crusade, and the co$t of pro$ecuting a death penalty ca$e i$ a$tronomical compared to non-death penalty ca$e$.

    Spank 'em
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    Pro Life and Spank 'em
    January 29, 2014 | 06:08 PM

    Pro Life--I guess you haven't been following these murders--they were offered life without a chance for parole but turned it down knowing that they were going to face the death penalty. Spank 'em-- do you think the court should just spank them and turn them loose? The victims would've like to have had a choice too.

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