Schlitterbahn co-owner's lawyer says his client is no flight risk

Kara Marxer
April 05, 2018 - 6:44 am

Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office


Jeffrey Henry, the co-owner of Schlitterbahn, is due in a Wyandotte County courtroom Thursday afternoon, where his attorney will argue against requiring a GPS ankle bracelet.

Henry is charged with reckless second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment. An investigation began into the Texas company after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed while riding the world's tallest water slide in Kansas City, Kansas in August of 2016.

Carl Cornwell said his client is not a flight risk and he will argue against a tracking device. 

"That's really what this is about, that he didn't give a d*** about anybody sliding down that water slide," Cornwell said. "That's the furthest thing from the truth."

Henry paid $500,000 to bond out of jail shortly after he was extradited to Kansas Wednesday morning.

"He has compassion, he has concern," Cornwell said of his client. "The first time I met him today, he said, this is not about me, this is about that little boy, and we're going to find out what happened."

"This indictment, which suggests that my client did this under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value to human life, is ridiculous," Cornwell said.

Also charged in the case are John Schooley, the designer of Verruckt!, the water slide, Tyler Austin Miles, park executive, and Henry & Sons Construction Company Inc.

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