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August 5, 2013

Prosecutor expects murder charges for teens

Couple found beaten, stabbed in home near Greenville; two held in Floyd jail

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Two Floyd County teenagers have been identified as suspects in the murder of a couple in their Harrison County home early Saturday morning.

Harrison County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Nicholas Haverstock said Monday that it is the goal of his office to charge Kevin A. Schuler, Greenville, and Austin B. Scott, New Albany, both 18, by the end of today, Aug. 6.

The men are in the Floyd County Jail and are believed to have carried out the murder of Gary Henderson and Asenath Arnold. Haverstock did not know the exact ages of Henderson or Arnold, but said he believes they are each at least in their late 50s.

The couple was discovered slain in their home about 11 a.m. Saturday.

After the Office of the Harrison County Prosecutor receives the murder investigation’s probable cause affidavit from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Haverstock expects Schuler and Scott will be charged with murder, robbery, burglary and theft.

The Associated Press has reported Arnold was found beaten and stabbed to death in the first floor of the home, and Henderson was found on the home’s second floor with 23 stab wounds.

If found guilty, Schuler and Scott could be sentenced to death.

Haverstock said after charges are filed and the additional information is received from the sheriff’s office, Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk will determine whether or not to seek the death penalty.

Haverstock said the men are believed to have entered the home on two occasions during the early morning, and said it appears the murders took place about 4 a.m. He declined to comment if authorities discovered forced entry had been made into the home. Haverstock said the crime was highly atypical for the rural county.

“It is extremely rare,” he said of the incident.

He said it is remains unclear at this time if the men entered the home with the intent to commit the violent acts.

“Essentially, it’s a home invasion that ended in a murder,” Haverstock said.

He said Schuler is a neighbor to Henderson and Arnold, whose home is in Byrneville, although according to the Floyd County Jail, Schuler has a Greenville address.

Haverstock said Henderson and Arnold were the only people who resided in their home, and he understood them to have been divorced, but remained a couple.

According the AP, Schuler and Scott were pulled over by New Albany police about 1 p.m. Sunday. The men were found with prescription medication, handguns and other stolen items that linked them to the murders.

Multiple calls were made the New Albany Police Department Monday, but no officials were reached for comment.

Schuler and Scott have each been preliminarily charged with possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substance and possession of a handgun without a permit. Scott was additionally preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness,

Floyd County online court records do not reflect either of the men’s upcoming court hearings.

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