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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.
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.
The company denies the allegations in the indictment. It said company employees have not withheld evidence and maintains that the park prioritizes the safety of its guests.
"We will be fighting these charges aggressively," said Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio in a statement. "The incident that happened that day was a terrible and tragic accident. We mourn the loss of Caleb and are devastated for his family. We reiterate that Tyler, Jeff and John are innocent and that we run a safe operation – our 40 years of entertaining millions of people speaks to that. We are confident that their innocence will be proven in court where we know the facts will show this was an accident."
The company has published a rebuttal to the indictment's central claims on its news page.