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Schlitterbahn co-owner on way to Kansas to face murder charge in water slide death

Verruckt designers talk about challenges of water slide in 2014

Just before the Verruckt water slide began operating in July 2014, its designers, John Schooley (left) and Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, spoke about the challenges of opening the 17-story tall attraction.
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Just before the Verruckt water slide began operating in July 2014, its designers, John Schooley (left) and Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, spoke about the challenges of opening the 17-story tall attraction.

Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry is expected to be returned Tuesday night from Texas where he has been jailed on murder charges filed in Wyandotte County.

Henry has been jailed in Texas since March 26 when he was indicted in the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide.

He waived extradition and on Tuesday afternoon was transferred from the county jail in Brownsville, Texas, to Kansas officials.

His attorney, Carl Cornwell, said he is expected to be booked into the Wyandotte County Jail Tuesday night.

An initial court hearing for Henry is scheduled for Thursday in Wyandotte County District Court.

Also charged in Caleb's death are Verruckt designer John Schooley and the director of operations for Schlitterbahn park, Tyler Miles.

Schooley has been charged with second-degree murder.

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Miles faces involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child charges.

Also charged are the Schlitterbahn corporation in Kansas and Henry & Son's Construction Co., a contractor controlled by Henry.

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