Jury seated in St. Anthony murder case

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

Schneider

JASPER — A jury was seated today for the murder trial in the January death of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, 23, Huntingburg.

Groups of prospective jurors — 14 at a time — were brought into Dubois Circuit Court where Judge Nathan Verkamp, the prosecution and defense explained the proceedings at great length, asked questions such as if anyone was related to potential witnesses and stressed the importance of jurors keeping open minds until a verdict is rendered in the trial of 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.

Schneider, clad Monday in a dark suit, quietly conferred with his defense lawyer, Jasper attorney Tim DeMotte, as potential jurors were questioned.

After the defense and prosecution had dismissed some individuals, a jury consisting of six men and six women — with two additional women tabbed as alternates — was empaneled by mid-afternoon.

Verkamp swore in the jurors, gave them preliminary instructions and, before releasing them for the evening, admonished them to not discuss the case with outside individuals, nor should they research it, he said.

Opening statements in the two-week trial are slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Verkamp told jurors the State would have “a strict and heavy burden” to prove Schneider’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.




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