Schuler in court for pre-sentencing hearing
A pre-sentencing hearing began Monday at Harrison Superior Court in Corydon in the case of Kevin (Drew) Schuler, one of two individuals accused in a double homicide in August 2013.
Schuler, 18 at the time of the murder, entered a guilty plea in November for the murders of Gary Henderson, 70, and Asenath (Senie) Arnold, 57, in their home along Walk Drive in northeastern Harrison County.
The guilty plea was entered to avoid a death-penalty trial.
In September, Schuler’s co-defendant, Austin Scott (also 18 at the time), was sentenced to life in prison by Special Judge Vickie Carmichael after pleading guilty.
Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk began Monday’s hearing by describing what Arnold had allegedly said to Schuler on the night of the murder.
‘Son, you don’t have to do this,’ Schalk said of Arnold’s words. ‘That was moments before he clubbed her to death … these were crimes against humanity. So far from decency, beyond hope of redemption … cold, calculated murder.’
Schalk asked for the same sentence as Schuler’s co-defendant, Scott, life without the possibility of parole.
He said there was no other logical purpose of Schuler’s actions than Arnold’s death.
The defense, led by attorney Brent Westerfield, said there was only one person who intended to kill that night: Austin Scott.
The defense said sometimes young people don’t step up to the plate when one of their peers or friends does something terrible.
‘That does not mean he’s beyond redemption, beyond rehabilitation,’ Westerfield said.
The defense said a term of years is appropriate for this case.
Witnesses called Monday included Kathy McDowell, who worked on the couple’s farm and found them the day after the murders, Indiana State Police Detective Bill Wibbels, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Detective Nick Smith and medical examiner Darius Arabadjief.
The hearing, which continued yesterday (Tuesday) and today, is expected to last through Friday.