Trial delay likely for alleged murderer
May 5, 2014
One of the two Denison men accused of shooting, killing and burning two people in March on a Crawford County acreage waived his right to a speedy trial last week, which will likely delay his June trial for the crimes.
Jayden Chapman, 19, faces two first-degree murder charges and one for arson for the March 10 incident. His alleged accomplice, Michael Schenk, 26, of Denison, faces the same charges and has an Oct. 7 trial date.
They face life in prison if convicted.
Chapman allegedly admitted to investigators that he and Schenk shot Marvin Huelsing, 80, of Maple River, and Alice Huisenga, 81, of rural Arcadia, on Huelsing's acreage near Deloit - about four miles north of Denison - and that Schenk burned a trailer house that contained their bodies.
Schenk also allegedly set fire to a pickup truck, near which investigators found a major clue that linked Schenk to the crime - a Walmart receipt with his debit card number.
A third suspect, Erika Dains, 36, of Denison, pleaded guilty last month to burglary and accessory after the fact and agreed to testify against Chapman and Schenk at their trials.
The trio had driven to Huelsing's acreage to steal scrap metal that day but were caught in the act by Huelsing and Huisenga, investigators allege, which led to their homicides. Autopsies of the victims' bodies found four bullets in Huelsing and bullet fragments in Huisenga.
A judge has yet to officially delay Chapman's trial, according to online court records.
Crawford County Attorney Roger Sailer had sought to combine Chapman and Schenk's trials - to save time and money - but their attorney's rebuked the idea.
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