Murder suspect requests venue change

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

Schneider

JASPER — The man charged in the Jan. 11 murder of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, 23, Huntingburg, is asking for a change of venue.

Kyle D. Schneider, 27, 2010 Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg, was charged with murder after being arrested at the scene of the crime that occurred at a County Road 650E residence in the St. Anthony area.

Last week, Schneider’s defense counsel, Jasper Attorney Timothy DeMotte, filed a notice of defense of mental disease or defect in Dubois Circuit Court. DeMotte also filed a motion asking for a change of venue and/or an alternate jury pool.

The notice regarding Schneider’s defense indicates the defendant, by counsel, intends to advance a defense of mental disease or defect. The notice asks the court to appoint two or three competent, disinterested psychiatrists or psychologists to examine Schneider.

To support the motion for a change of venue and/or to allow a jury to be selected from another county, DeMotte told the court the reasons Schneider would be unable to receive a fair trial in Dubois County include public hostility against the defendant; public outrage over the offense; prejudicial news reporting or editorializing that castigates Schneider; speculative opinions as to the personality and character of the accused; and disclosures of inadmissible evidence or the existence and contents of confessions.

The court assigned both matters for a hearing slated April 9.

Before that, Schneider is scheduled to appear in court March 18 for an omnibus hearing likely to focus on other evidentiary and procedural matters.

The case began at 8:26 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, with a 911 call reporting a woman found bleeding on the porch of a residence in the 5800 block of County Road 650E. 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 knife thought to be the murder weapon.

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

Schneider has been lodged at the Dubois County Security Center since his Jan. 11 arrest.




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