WICHITA — A teenager and his biological mother were among four people formally charged Monday in connection with a shooting that killed the teen’s adoptive mother and critically injured his adoptive father outside the couple’s Kansas home.
By ROXANA HEGEMAN
The Associated Press
Anthony Bluml, 18, and his biological mother, Kisha Schaberg, 35, were two of the four people arrested earlier this month in the case. All were charged in a six-count criminal complaint with first-degree murder in the death of Bluml’s adopted mother, 53-year-old Melissa Bluml, as well as attempted first-degree murder of Roger Bluml, who survived a gunshot to the head. They also were charged with aggravated robbery, burglary and theft counts related to a purse, cellphone, coins and other property stolen from the home.
Melissa Bluml died the day after the Nov. 15 shooting at their home in Valley Center, which is north of Wichita.
The four suspects in the case made their first court appearances Monday via video conference at Sedgwick County District Court. All four were charged with identical counts and the criminal complaint does not indicate who actually fired the shots. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 10, although that setting is expected to be continued to a later date.
The Sedgwick County Conflict Office, which is handling Anthony Bluml’s case, said it had not yet assigned an attorney to represent him. He is being held on a $500,000 bond and ordered to have no communication with his adoptive father or other state witnesses.
Bond for Schaberg, from San Diego, was set at $1 million.
The Sedgwick County Public Defender Office said it had not yet assigned a lawyer to represent her.
Also charged in the case are Andrew Ellington and Branden Smith, both 18 of Park City. Both are being held on $500,000 bond.
Defense attorney E. Jay Greeno, who represents Ellington, said he was unaware the court had appointed him, but said he would have no comment. No one answered the phone at the law office of the attorney appointed to represent Smith.
Melissa Bluml, a vice president at Chisholm Trail State Bank, was remembered in her obituary as “a loving wife and encouraging mother.” Mourners packed a Wichita-area church Friday for her burial mass in which the local priest extolled the congregation not to try to understand evil.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Anthony Bluml met his biological mother two months ago in San Diego, after first communicating with her through Facebook. He and a younger brother had been adopted by the Blumls as young children.