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GREENVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The daughter of a man brutally murdered in his Harrison County home says her father was a friendly man who loved life, horses, and family. These reflective comments came only hours after the first court appearance by the lone suspects in the case.
Sue-z Schmelz told WDRB Monday that she couldn't understand why anyone would murder her dad, Gary Henderson, or his partner, Asenath (Senie) Arnold. "They would have never hurt anybody, if anything, they would have opened their doors and said, 'come in and have tea with us.'"
This is the second time Schmelz is dealing with the murder of a family member. 20 years ago, her brother was stabbed to death by his roommate while living in Texas. She says, like her father, he was stabbed to death. "No family should have to go through this, let alone twice."
Authorities say Henderson was found in his bedroom - stabbed multiple times. Arnold, was found in a separate bedroom brutally beaten with a wooden object. Family says Arnold was mostly bedridden, as she suffered from Chrohn's disease.
Monday, 18-year-olds Austin Scott and Kevin "Drew" Schuler appeared in court on multiple charges stemming from an incident in which sources tell us Austin Scott fired shots at his twin brother.
According to court records, the teens were picked up by New Albany Police Saturday afternoon after receiving reports of shots fired at Scott's home on West Market Street. Police arrived at the house and learned from Scott's family members that after a brief altercation at the house, Scott pulled out a revolver and fired one shot at his twin brother. The teen then got into a truck with Schuler and left the scene.
Once police caught up with the teens they found large amounts of prescription medications and three guns. Police say Schuler and Scott admitted that the guns and pills came from the home where the double homicide took place. Both were taken into custody and are being held at the Floyd County jail.
Schuler and Scott were both charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance--both felonies--and carrying a handgun without a license. In addition, Scott was charged with criminal recklessness.
Cash bond was set at $50,000 for Schuler, and half a million dollars for Scott. Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson said the large bond was intentional considering the expected charges from Harrison County. "We wanted to keep, for Harrison County's benefit, these two individuals until they have had a chance to investigate the case and file the charges they feel relevant."
Families of both victim's were visibly upset in court Monday. Scott's lawyer, who has been friends with the suspects family for some time, said the family is still in shock over the allegations.
"It's like walking in a nightmare for all the parties involved," said Stephan Beardsley. When asked about his client's state he said this: "He is contrite without limitation."
While Schmelz says at least the suspect's families will get to hug their sons again-- she'll have to live with only memories. "I don't know why it was important for them to kill dad and Senie, but I hope they never see the light of day again."
And as murder and robbery charges pend, she says she'll leave dealing with those who took her loved ones lives to the justice system, and keep the good memories close to her heart.
"Laughing about the things that we've all talked about and everybody telling stories, that will keep them alive in our memories and in our hearts," she said. "Just looking at our kids, and their grand kids, and our future generations and knowing how much they would love them, that will keep us going."
Visitation for Arnold and Henderson will be held Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey, Indiana.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. on Friday.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to the funeral home to cover the funeral costs.