Ind. Supreme Court rules life without parole for Schuler
The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of murder and felony murder for Kyle (Drew) Schuler for the murder of Gary Henderson and Asenath (Senie) Arnold in August 2013 in their home along Walk Drive in northeastern Harrison County.
In February 2017, Schuler was sentenced to life without parole and to a consecutive term of 65 years for the felony murder by Special Judge Vicki Carmichael at Harrison Superior Court in Corydon as part of an agreement.
On appeal, Schuler argued that the trial court erred in admitting sentencing evidence that police obtained by questioning him after he requested counsel, that the evidence was insufficient to show he intentionally killed the murder victim, that the court committed multiple errors when explaining its reasons for imposing life without parole and that his sentence should be revised under Indiana Appellate Rule 7(B) to concurrent terms of years.
The opinion summary reads (in part):
‘The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence but remanded the matter for a new sentencing statement, holding (1) Defendant’s Miranda rights were not violated; (2) there was sufficient evidence to support the aggravating circumstance that made Defendant eligible for a life without parole sentence; (3) Defendant’s sentence of life with parole was appropriate; but (4) the sentencing statement did not comply with the dictates of Harrison.’
Schuler has been in the Indiana Dept. of Corrections since he was sentenced.
Austin Scott, the co-defendant with Schuler, was also sentenced to life without parole (September 2016).