Final pretrial motions heard before murder trial

From Local Sources


JASPER — Final pretrial motions were heard Wednesday prior to Monday’s scheduled start of the jury trial in the Jan. 11 murder of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, 23, Huntingburg.

Dubois Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp had ruled last month on a prosecution motion to push back the May 13 trial date, denying it along with a defense motion for a change of venue in the murder case against Kyle D. Schneider, 27, 2010 Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg.

Lubbehusen was found stabbed and bleeding on the porch of a residence in the 5800 block of County Road 650E near St. Anthony on Jan. 11. She later succumbed to her wounds at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

Police located and arrested Schneider in a garage at the scene.

Included in Wednesday’s hearing were defense motions to suppress oral and/or written statements made by Schneider after his arrest and motions by both sides seeking orders limiting the other party from presenting certain evidence.

The defense and prosecution called a total of eight witnesses to support their motions during the hearing that took about three hours and 45 minutes.

Verkamp still must review videotaped interviews before making all necessary final rulings in the coming days on what can and cannot be presented at the trial. It could be that certain issues will require a hearing during the trial outside the presence of the jury, Verkamp indicated.

Monday’s trial — it could last two weeks — will begin with efforts to seat a jury.

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