Slide designer to be moved to Kansas next week

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John Schooley and Jeffrey Henry

FILE – In this July 2014 file image from video, Verruckt water slide designers, John Schooley, left, and Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts co-owner Jeffrey Henry, speak about the challenges of opening the 17-story tall attraction prior to it’s operation in Kansas City, Kan. Schooley, one of the designers of the water park slide that […]

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) –  The designer of a 17-story waterslide at a Kansas water park on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated has agreed to be extradited from Texas to Kansas to face second-degree murder and other charges in the child’s death.

Seventy-two-year-old John Schooley has been held without bond at the Dallas County jail since federal agents took him into custody Monday when he arrived on a flight from China.

Dallas County sheriff’s spokesman Raul Reyna says Schooley agreed to the extradition during a hearing Wednesday. Reyna says he’ll be transported to Kansas next week.

Records show Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry was released Wednesday from the Wyandotte County Jail after posting $500,000 bond. He had been booked into the jail hours earlier after being extradited to Kansas from Texas.

Schooley, Henry and a third man are facing a variety of charges in the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab at a water park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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