Murder suspect appears in court

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

JASPER — The man arrested after Friday’s St. Anthony-area murder was back in court this afternoon.

Schneider

In an initial hearing in Dubois Circuit Court continued from Monday, Kyle D. Schneider, 27, 2010 Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg, was formally charged with murder in the killing of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, 23, of Huntingburg.

Schneider was also informed that the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a notice of intent to seek habitual offender status against him.

The latest filing notes Schneider was convicted and sentenced on May 30, 2012, of felony burglary in Dubois County and, on July 18, 2017, he committed felony domestic battery in Dubois County, a crime for which he was sentenced June 4 of last year.

During Monday’s initial proceeding, Jasper Attorney Timothy DeMotte had been appointed by the court to represent Schneider.

In one of today’s first items of business before a packed, somber gallery, Judge Nathan Verkamp noted he had represented Schneider as his attorney in the 2012 burglary case. That, the judge said, could give a perception of a conflict of interest, although Verkamp said it was his belief he could be fair and impartial in the murder case.

Verkamp indicated he would step down from the case if Schneider so desired. The judge stepped off the bench and allowed DeMotte and Schneider to retire outside the courtroom to discuss the matter. When they returned and court convened, Schneider answered in the affirmative when asked by Verkamp if it was his desire that he remain on the case.

Schneider became uncommunicative when Verkamp asked the defendant if he thought he could understand and participate in the courtroom proceedings. The judge followed up, asking Schneider if he suffered from any mental or emotional disability that could prevent him from understanding the proceedings.

When the defendant remained silent, DeMotte indicated to the judge there may be an issue in that regard.

But later, as Verkamp asked Schneider yes or no questions after going through items like the state’s murder statute and notice of intent to seek habitual offender status, the defendant repeatedly but quietly answered that he had understood.

The court entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Schneider’s behalf but ordered that he continue to be held without bond at the Dubois County Security Center. His next court appearance was set for March 18.

A 911 call reporting a woman found bleeding on the porch of a residence in the 5800 block of County Road 650E was received at 8:26 a.m. Friday. Lubbehusen was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Police located and arrested Schneider in a garage at the scene. Officers also reported finding a bloody knife in the living room of the home where the crime occurred.

Court documents allege that, after his arrest, Schneider admitted to stabbing Lubbehusen multiple times without stating a motive for his actions.




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