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Judge allows accused killer to retract guilty plea

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has allowed an accused killer to take back his guilty plea in the death of a southern Indiana couple.

Austin Scott will go to trial after changing is mind back and forth over whether or not to take a plea deal. And the death penalty is back on the table.

Earlier this month, Scott was set to be sentenced to life in prison under a plea deal.
But he shocked the courtroom when he told the judge he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea.

On Thursday, another move -- a head scratcher -- as Scott tried to cancel his request to withdraw the guilty plea.

Police say Scott and Kevin "Drew" Schuler killed Gary Henderson and Asenath "Sennie" Arnold in 2013. 

Court records say Scott and Schuler implicated themselves in the murders after being arrested by New Albany police on unrelated charges. Scott is accused of repeatedly stabbing Henderson to death. Schuler is accused of using a "wooden stick with a metal end" to beat Arnold to death

Family members of murder Henderson and Arnold left court with little to say. They were angry with Scott who said he wanted to take the deal for the victims' family, not for himself, and that he felt pressured by his family and attorneys to take the deal.

The judge decided to allow him to withdraw the  guilty plea and go to trial. 

Friends of the victims have said that Arnold was in a wheelchair and couldn't fight back. The case gained a lot of attention from the community.

Now Schuler and Scott will both stand, and both are eligible for the death penalty. 

Schuler's trial is set for May.

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