News and Tribune

August 30, 2013

Teen murder suspects appear before Harrison County judge

Death penalty still on the table for Greenville slayings

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

Corydon, Ind. — The two Southern Indiana 18-year-olds charged in killing a Greenville couple in their home Aug. 3 appeared in a Harrison County court Friday.

Austin Scott, New Albany, and Kevin Schuler, Greenville, have been charged in the slayings of Gary Henderson, 70, and Asenath Arnold, 57, as the two slept in their home.

The attorney status hearing was held to determine the men’s representation as their cases continue, which could escalate to capital murder trials.

Schuler appeared first with attorney Eric Weitzel of Fifer Law Office in New Albany. Weitzel said he would file paperwork next week that will allow him to represent Schuler as the case evolves.

Following Schuler’s hearing, Harrison County Judge Roger Davis called Scott before the court.

Scott did not appear with counsel, but told Davis he intents to hire New Albany attorney Stephen Beardsley.

Calls to Beardsley’s office about whether he is representing Scott were not returned on Friday

Davis allowed Scott’s mother to stand next to her son as he stood in a gray-striped jumpsuit before the judge.

Melissa Scott held her son’s arm tightly, as she told Davis she had personally spoken to Beardsley and said she expects him to represent Scott.

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Davis of Beardsley’s representation of Scott, and he set another hearing for Sept. 9 to determine if Scott will be represented by a private attorney, a court-appointed counsel, or even himself.

Melissa Scott kissed her son’s cheek before he was ushered by bailiffs back to the jail after the hearing.

Neither of the suspects or Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk had any questions for the judge during the proceedings before the upcoming Oct. 11 pretrial hearing.

Following the hearing, Schalk said he has yet to determine if he will pursue the death penalty of either Scott or Schuler.

“We are strongly considering it,” Schalk said. “Everything is on the table at this point.”