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Second indictment unsealed in connection with death, injuries on Verrückt waterslide

Release Date: Mar 27, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – (March 27, 2018) – A Wyandotte County grand jury has indicted two more people and a corporation in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy in August 2016 and injuries sustained by others while riding the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kan., Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

The second indictment, unsealed today by Judge Robert Burns of the Wyandotte County District Court, includes charges of reckless second-degree murder against Jeffrey Wayne Henry, a co-owner of Schlitterbahn companies and a designer of the waterslide; John Timothy Schooley, a designer of the waterslide; and Henry & Sons Construction Company, Inc., a corporation involved in the design and construction of the waterslide.

The three defendants also were indicted in connection with injuries sustained by 13 other persons, including four other minors, while riding the waterslide. Those charges include aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child.

Henry was arrested March 26 in South Padre Island, Texas, by the U.S. Marshals Service. His next court appearance in Cameron County, Texas, District Court is scheduled for Thursday. Schooley is not in custody at this time.

The second indictment follows a first indictment that was unsealed Friday.

The charges will be prosecuted by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, which assumed responsibility for the case in December 2016 at the request of the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Charges contained in both indictments are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Attorney General’s Office is bound by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 3.6 (trial publicity) and Rule 3.8 (special responsibilities of a prosecutor).

Attorney General Schmidt said this second indictment also is the result of a 19-month investigation by several law enforcement agencies including Kansas City, Kan. Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Comal County and Cameron County, Texas, Sheriff’s Offices and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

A copy of the unsealed second indictment is available on the Wyandotte County District Court’s website at

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