Murder suspect withdraws defense of mental defect



JASPER — Counsel representing the man charged in the Jan. 11 murder of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, 23, Huntingburg, filed this week to withdraw a previous notice to advance a defense of mental disease or defect.

Jasper attorney Tim DeMotte, who represents suspect Kyle D. Schneider, 27, 2010 Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg, also filed a motion for a speedy trial.

During a Monday hearing in Dubois Circuit Court, Judge Nathan Verkemp granted the withdrawal of the defense notice, approved the defendant’s motion for a speedy trial and set aside two weeks on the court’s calendar for a jury trial that is now slated to begin May 13.

Last month, Schneider, by counsel, also filed a motion asking for a change of venue and/or an alternate jury pool. The court could rule on it during a final pretrial conference set for April 9.

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 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 recovering 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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