Lead attorney removed from Scott case
The lead attorney for Austin Scott, one of two men accused in the August 2013 beating death of a Harrison County couple, was removed from the case.
Public defender Amie Newlon was taken off of the case in an ex parte hearing (proceeding conducted for one party) between counsel for Scott and Judge Vicki Carmichael.
‘The State of Indiana has been prohibited from having access to or specific information relating to the removal of Ms. Newlon,’ Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said. ‘Lead counsel for Mr. Scott has moved to continue the June trial setting, and the State has objected to it; however, given the unusual circumstances surrounding this late removal of counsel, the State will not be surprised to see this matter continued.’
Scott was 18 at the time of the murders of 70-year-old Gary Henderson and 57-year-old Asenath (Senie) Arnold in their Greenville home.
Scott’s co-defendant, Kevin (Drew) Schuler, was charged with murder, robbery, theft and burglary. He is awaiting trial, which has been continued until the completion of Scott’s case.
Scott and Schuler were accused of breaking into the couple’s home along Walk Drive and stealing guns and prescription pills. Scott is accused of repeatedly stabbing Henderson to death; Schuler is accused of using a wooden stick with a metal end to beat Arnold to death.
In 2014, Schalk announced he would seek the death penalty against both defendants.
Scott agreed in November 2015 to plead guilty to murder and felony in exchange for life in prison without parole. However, on Jan. 14 of this year, Scott asked to withdraw his guilty plea because he said he had felt pressured to accept the plea agreement.
At a later hearing, Scott said he wanted to stick with the guilty plea ‘for the sake of the victim’s family but he did not want to do it for himself.’
Carmichael said a defendant has to ‘freely enter into’ an agreement with full knowledge of the consequences.
The guilty plea withdrawal was allowed and the trial was on track for mid-June before last week’s continuance request filed April 28 by attorney Christopher Sturgeon, who remains on the case.
According to the case summary, following an ex parte order entry, an appearance was filed by attorney Stacy Uliana on April 25.
Uliana, who started her own law firm concentrating solely on criminal defense law in 2005, continues to contract with the Indiana Public Defender Council.
Uliana was the defense attorney in the second and third David Camm triple murder trials. Camm was tried three times for the murder of his family before a jury in Boone County acquitted him in October 2013.