Schlitterbahn slide designer freed on bond in boy’s death


This file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department shows John Timothy Schooley, one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy in 2016. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –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.

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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