Harrison County double murder suspects plead not guilty


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on August 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 11:41 PM

HARRISON CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- Kevin Schuler and Austin Scott appeared in Harrison County Court on Wednesday where a judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.

Family members of the suspects were visibly emotional inside and outside of court as the two are facing 6 charges each, including three murder charges each. They’re accused of killing Gary Henderson and Asenath Arnold over the weekend at their home. Investigators say the two then took money, guns and prescription pills.

“The judge made it clear on the record too that the prosecutor could file paperwork and make this a death penalty case. So he's fully aware of the seriousness of the allegations against him,” said Eric Weitzel, Schuler’s attorney.

Schuler’s grandmother told WHAS off camera that her grandson was not a monster and got mixed up in the wrong group. She also expressed condolences for the victims and their loved ones.

“The family is remarkably strong and I think that’s indicative of the character of Mr. Henderson and Ms. Arnold,” said Prosecutor Otto Schalk.

Schalk said he is strongly considering the death penalty in this case, but will wait to decide.

Schuler and Scott are being held without bond.

Visitation for Henderson and Arnold will be Thursday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Warrens in Ramsey, Ind.  The funeral will take place at the same place at 11 a.m. on Friday.

A candle light memorial for Gary Henderson and Asenath Arnold will be held on Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. at Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant.

Gary Henderson gave pony rides to children there.  

The Huber family says the memorial will be in the barnyard near the pony carousel that Henderson built. The family will also be accepting donations to help with funeral costs.