Man was shot four times before he was burned
Newly released documents show suspect had three gasoline cans and a muddy lighter in his motel room
April 16, 2014
The story so far
March 10: A midday fire destroys a trailer house and pickup truck on an acreage southeast of Deloit. Investigators find two bodies, later identified as Marvin Huelsing, 80, of Maple River, and Alice Huisenga, 81, of rural Arcadia, in or near the remains of the trailer fire.
March 11: Investigators hold a press conference to ask for public assistance in identifying a pickup truck and two men seen near the acreage the morning of the fire.
March 12: A special tactical team of law officers searches a Denison house overnight with a warrant and arrest Michael D. Schenk, 26, Jayden R. Chapman, 19, and Erika M. Dains, 36, all of Denison, for two charges of first-degree murder and one of arson.
March 13: Investigators announce the arrests in a press conference in Denison but reveal few details of the alleged crimes. They search Chapman's motel room and find three gasoline containers and a lighter with mud on it. Huelsing's family and friends hold a private, impromptu memorial service near the alleged murder scene.
March 14: Criminal complaints filed in court show that Chapman admitted to investigators that he and Schenk shot Huelsing and Huisenga - and that Schenk burned their bodies - after the victims arrived at the acreage where Chapman, Schenk and Dains were stealing scrap metal.
March 20: Investigators find "multiple items of evidentiary value" to the case that belonged to the victims and suspects behind a garage in Denison.
March 28: Schenk pleads not-guilty to the crimes.
April 7: Chapman pleads not-guilty to the crimes.
Thursday: Dains pleads guilty to burglary and accessory after the fact as part of a deal with prosecutors in which she agrees to testify against Schenk and Chapman if their cases go to trial.
An 80-year-old Maple River man was apparently shot four times by scrap-metal thieves who also shot the man's friend and burned their bodies last month, according to recently unsealed search warrant documents.
Autopsies of the bodies of Marvin Huelsing and friend Alice Huisenga, 81, of rural Arcadia, found four bullets in Huelsing's body and an unspecified number of bullet fragments in Huisenga's body, the documents show.
One of the suspects in the case, Jayden Chapman, 19, of Denison, allegedly admitted to investigators that he and Michael Schenk, 26, of Denison, shot the two on Huelsing's acreage near Deloit - about four miles north of Denison - on March 10, and that Schenk torched a trailer house that contained their bodies.
Chapman said Schenk also set fire about 200 yards north of the trailer house 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 from two days before the alleged murders.
Chapman and Schenk both face two first-degree murder charges and one for arson. A third suspect, Erika Dains, 36, of Denison, pleaded guilty last week to burglary and accessory after the fact and agreed to testify against Chapman and Schenk at their trials, which are currently set for June 10 and Oct. 7.
A special tactical team of law officers arrested all three at a friend's house in Denison two days after the alleged crimes.
The next day, March 13, investigators searched a room at Ho Hum Motel in Denison that Chapman had rented and found three gasoline containers and a lighter with mud on it, according to one of the search warrant documents. They also found gray plastic vehicle parts and the gray interior liner of a vehicle door in the room.
On March 20, investigators found a cache of evidence behind a garage in Denison, the documents show. The documents do not list the items found - which were alleged possessions of both the victims and suspects - but say they were shipped to the state Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab in Ankeny to examine for DNA, fingerprints and "firearms-related evidence."
Search warrant applications, approvals and the lists of items recovered are of public record unless a judge keeps them sealed from public view, often because their details would jeopardize criminal investigations. It's unclear if there are other search warrant documents that pertain to the Deloit case that are still confidential.
State and county investigators have declined to comment further on the case.
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