Schlitterbahn slide designer freed on bond in boy's death

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John Schooley John Schooley
Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Wayne Henry in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, March 28.   (JASON HOEKEMA/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD VIA AP) Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Wayne Henry in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, March 28. (JASON HOEKEMA/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD VIA AP)
Caleb Schwab Caleb Schwab
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -

The designer of a waterslide where a 10-year-old Kansas boy was decapitated bonded out of the Kansas jail where he had been held for nearly a week.

Court records show John Schooley bonded out of the Wyandotte County jail Wednesday afternoon.

He was being held on $500,000 bond since he was extradited from Texas to Kansas on April 6.

Schooley is charged with second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab, who was killed while riding a 17-story waterslide Schooley helped to design.

Schooley pleaded not guilty Monday. A judge had denied a defense attorney's request to lower bond to $250,000.

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Jeff Henry, co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, has also pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Caleb's death.

A trial date for Henry and Schooley is tentatively set for Sept. 10.
 

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