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By Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Cannes. – Judge dismisses Friday charges against Kansas water park owner and 1
Wyatt County Judge Robert Burns pointed to incorrect proof of dropping murder charges degree against the owner of Schlitterbahn Jeff Henry, designer John Suey and general contractor Henry and sons
They were accused of the death of Caleb Schwab while on a water slide that was marketed as the highest rink in world.
serious doubts about whether irregularities and wrongful acts have improperly influenced the big jury and eventually strengthened their decision to bring charges against these accused, "said Judge Robert Burns. "It is very simple that those accused have not received the necessary protection of the procedures and the basic justice that Kansas's law requires."
Kansas Gen. Prosecutor Derek Schmidt said in a statement that his office investigating the case was disappointed and "disagreedly disagreed" with Burns's decision. "We will look carefully at the decision, including the court's finding that the ruling" does not exclude the possibility that the State may continue to deal with the matter in a criminal court "and re-examine the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and worrying case, the best way ahead, said Schmidt.
Caleb was murdered on Verruckt – German for "crazy" – in 2016, when the raft he had raided blew up in the air and struck a metal pole. Two women who were with him in the raft, were seriously injured, the length never worked again, and it was
While making his decision, Burns noted the tragedy of Aleppo's death
"I obviously admit that the circumstances and the events giving rise to these accusations are undoubtedly tragic," I said. "The life of a toddler was lost. his death was mourned by family, friends, and the entire community of Kansas City and beyond. "
Spitbirn's spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement:" We welcome today's decision that denied the accusations against all. We are grateful for all the support and encouragement, which we received. "
The evidence includes a video from the Travel Channel show documenting Verruckt's construction, in which Henry and others highlighted the risks to satellite riders dropping 17 stories before climbing to a second, 50-foot (15.24-meter ) hump. Defense attorneys say the show is a scenario for entertainment showing flying boats. Defense lawyers say the video does not show how the trip is actually, but the Chief Prosecutor's Office has never told the jury that this is a dramatization, though it shows that the boats are flying in a similar way to Caleb's death
jury must determine what is true and said that the video in Travel Channel should be presented during the process. led the jury to conclude that the water park violated the law. But the Kansas law did not require Verruckt to meet these standards at the time of Caleb's death. The legislator strengthened state law, including checks and requirements after the boy's death.
Lawyers also argue that the big jury should not have heard testimony about another death in the Schlitterbahn Park in Texas, because that does not matter what happened here.
Caleb and his father, Scott Schwab, were in the park for a special day for state legislators. Schwab was elected Secretary of State for Kansas in November.
The Caleb family received nearly $ 20 million in settlements.
Schwab's office on Friday asked for a comment on his family lawyer, Mike Rader, who does not return a phone message immediately.