UPDATE: 1 to plea, 3 others to go on trial for Valley Center killings

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WICHITA, Kan. — Three of four defendants in the murder of a Valley Center have been bound over for trial.

A preliminary hearing in the murders of Roger and Melissa Bluml was held today. The couple was shot on November 15, 2013 at their rural Sedgwick County home. Melissa Bluml died the next day and Roger Bluml died on December 21.

Anthony Bluml, 19, his birth mother, Kisha Schaberg, 35, Andrew Ellington, 18, and Braden Smith, 19, are charged in the shooting deaths of the couple, who were Anthony's adoptive parents.

Braden Smith was the only witness called during today's hearing. He has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder in exchange for his testimony.


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Smith testified he and the couple's adopted son Tony Bluml moved to California and lived with Tony Bluml's birth mother, Kisha Schaberg.

Smith testified the three returned to Wichita. On the trip he said Tony Bluml and Schaberg talked about killing Roger and Melissa Bluml so Tony could collect an inheritance.

Smith said he agreed to provide guns for the crime. He said he wasn't at the Bluml's house the night of the shootings. He said Schaberg and Drew Ellington were at the Bluml's house.

Smith testified Schaberg later told him she shot Melissa Bluml in the head. He testified Schaberg told him she fired at Roger Bluml after he went to help his wounded wife.

Tony Bluml, Schaberg and Eliington were bound over for trial. No trial date has been set.

Melissa and Roger Bluml


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