Second Indictment Unsealed In Connection With Death, Injuries On Verrückt Waterslide


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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – (March 27, 2018) – A Wyandotte County grand jury has indicted two more people and a corporation in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy in August 2016 and injuries sustained by others while riding the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kan., Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

The second indictment, unsealed today by Judge Robert Burns of the Wyandotte County District Court, includes charges of reckless second-degree murder against Jeffrey Wayne Henry, a co-owner of Schlitterbahn companies and a designer of the waterslide; John Timothy Schooley, a designer of the waterslide; and Henry & Sons Construction Company, Inc., a corporation involved in the design and construction of the waterslide.

The three defendants also were indicted in connection with injuries sustained by 13 other persons, including four other minors, while riding the waterslide. Those charges include aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child.

Henry was arrested March 26 in South Padre Island, Texas, by the U.S. Marshals Service. His next court appearance in Cameron County, Texas, District Court is scheduled for Thursday. Schooley is not in custody at this time.

The second indictment follows a first indictment that was unsealed Friday.

The charges will be prosecuted by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, which assumed responsibility for the case in December 2016 at the request of the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Charges contained in both indictments are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Attorney General’s Office is bound by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 3.6 (trial publicity) and Rule 3.8 (special responsibilities of a prosecutor).

Attorney General Schmidt said this second indictment also is the result of a 19-month investigation by several law enforcement agencies including Kansas City, Kan. Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Comal County and Cameron County, Texas, Sheriff’s Offices and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

A copy of the unsealed second indictment is available on the Wyandotte County District Court’s website at https://www.wycocourtks.org/cases.html.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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