Death penalty considered in Harrison Co. double murder


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:22 PM

HARRISON CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- Two teens are now officially charged with the brutal murders of an elderly Harrison County couple. Gary Henderson and Asenath Arnold were murdered in their home of the 9100 block of Walk Dr. on Saturday.

Austin Scott, 18, and 18-year-old Kevin Schuler each face three counts of murder. Two of those counts are for felony murder. The remaining count is for intent to commit murder. The pair also face counts of burglary, robbery and theft.

According to court documents, Scott brought a knife with him into the couples' home and stabbed Henderson 23 times in the face and neck area.

The court documents also revealed Schuler hit Anderson repeatedly with a wooden stick. Henderson was found in a second floor bedroom. Anderson was found in a first floor bedroom. Investigators said the teens got into the home through an unlocked door.

Investigators said the teens took three handguns, two rifles, money and prescription pills.

According to Harrison County Prosecutor, Otto Schalk, at one time Schuler worked for Henderson.

Schalk said he is considering the death penalty against the teens.

Several of Henderson's family members gathered at the Harrison County Prosecutor's Office to listen to a news conference. Kevin Bays, Henderson's nephew, describes his uncle as charismatic.

When asked about the possibility of the death penalty Bays said, “We don't want these monsters to have the opportunity to do this again."

The teens were arrested Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, on unrelated charges in Floyd County after police there said Scott shot one of the stolen guns in the air.

Court documents reveal Scott then told police he and Schuler were involved in the killing of an elderly couple.

The teens are being held on Floyd County on $500,000.00 bond but are expected to be moved to Harrison County within 48 hours to face these new charges.

Henderson worked for 20 years at Hubers giving carriage rides.

"He'll be missed. I'll remember him forever," Joe Huber said.

Visitation for couple will be Thursday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Swarens in Ramsey, Ind.  The funeral will take place at the same place at 11 a.m. on Friday.  A carriage will be waiting at the Wolfe Cemetery to give the couple one final ride.