CORYDON, IN – A pair of teens are in custody officially charged with murder and robbery charges after a botched break-in which left an elderly couple brutally murdered.
According to authorities, Austin Scott and Kevin Schuler (both 18) arrived at the home of 57-year-old Asenath “Senie” Arnold and 70-year-old Gary Henderson in the wee hours of the morning last Saturday on a 4-wheeler and entered through an unlocked door.
A friend of the couple first stumbled upon Arnold later on in the morning and notified the police. Upon searching the premises more thoroughly, the police located Henderson in the same bedroom area of the home.
Court records state that both Scott and Schuler confessed to the murders after being arrested on unknown and unrelated charges the same Saturday of the murders. Scott is being held responsible of the stabbing death of Henderson while Schuler is accused of using a “wooden stick with a metal end” to bludgeon Arnold to death.
Items that were stolen included credit cards, firearms, and prescription pills.
Harrison County Sheriff Rod Seelye said search warrants were obtained for the home of the crime as well as another home about 5 miles away. Multiple areas were being searched for discarded stolen items; corn fields, creeks, and the surrounding wooded areas.
Seelye also mentioned that “they had information that at least one of the suspects lived nearby and knew the victims.”
Family members of the suspects were in court Wednesday to hear the charges read against the two teens. The judge then entered a plea of not guilty on their behalf.
The family of Schuler apologized to the family of the victims in a letter sent to WDRB.
The letter in part reads:
“The family wishes to extend our deepest sympathy, our most sincere apologies & condolences, to each & every one of you for this very sudden, very tragic loss, your family is forced to deal with & attempting to cope with. Our whole family grieves for your family.”
Prosecutor Otto Schalk worked the death penalty into a possible scenario by filing three separate murder charges against both teens.
Schalk mentioned that it was important for the family of the victims to have time to grieve before coming to a decision regarding the pursuit of the death penalty.
“Their focus does not need to be prosecution at this particular point. I want their focus to be on the two really good individuals that are no longer with us,” Schalk said.
Schalk goes on to say the public’s sympathies don’t need to lie with the two teens. ”It needs to be on the two people who are no longer with us,” he said.Tags: Austin Scott, Beating, Crime, Indiana, Kevin Schuler, Murder, Robbery, teen