Schlitterbahn defendant pleads not guilty to second-degree murder

Bill Grady
April 10, 2018 - 5:18 am

Wyandotte County Jail

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John Schooley, designer of the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas, plead not guilty to a charge of second degree murder in a hearing Monday in Wyandotte County.

Judge Robert Burns denied Schooley's request to reduce his $500,000 bond to $250,000, and ordered him to hand over his passport.

The charge stems from the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab, 10, on the water slide.

A lawyer for Schooley, 72, said his client designed the 17-story thrill ride, but as the design was altered after the commission, Schooley is not to blame.

Trial is is set for September 10, the same day as Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, who is also charged with second degree murder.

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