Schlitterbahn co-owner pleads not guilty to murder

Jeff Henry was booked into the Wyandotte County jail and was released after posting a $500,000 bond.

During the hearing, Kansas Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner said the state was concerned that Henry would flee to a country without extradition to the United States, such as Brazil.

While Henry chose to keep comments to himself, his lawyers were passionate in their defense.

Henry's attorneys spoke on his behalf, saying that he was a kind eccentric man who never would have imagined something like this happening.

"In his words, he told me there's not a day that goes by that he does not think about Caleb Schwab", said Ron Barroso. "He's torn apart by what happened out there". He said Henry, a multimillionaire, had the connections and means to live overseas for the rest of his life.

"I can tell you that those allegations I read in the indictment are ludicrous", said Barroso. "The issue about pushing this thing forward is totally false".

"The thing is he's had experience building other slides, maybe not as tall as that but he has worldwide reputation for having built other slides", Barroso said.


Henry made an appearance in Wyandotte County District Court today.

The next hearing in the case is expected to be April 25.

Right now, Henry and his co-defendants - designer John Schooley and former park operations manager Tyler Miles - are set to be tried together in September.

Barroso says safety concerns delayed construction of the Verruckt waterslide by over a year.

The co-owner of a Kansas waterpark is devastated by the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy on a massive water slide and is intent on finding out exactly why the ride malfunctioned, his attorney said Thursday.

The co-owner of a water park accused in the death of a 10-year-old boy was back in court.

Henry's lawyers also dispute the prosecution's long list of previous injuries on Verruckt and said Henry's own claims the "slide could kill him" were dramatized for a TV show. They discovered troubling information, including allegations of addiction and behavior problems.

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