Guns, casings, shirt were found in Valley Center-area shooting

12/10/2013 3:16 PM

08/08/2014 10:20 AM

In a November shooting that killed a Valley Center-area woman and injured her husband, investigators gathered cartridge casings and guns “related to the incident,” a court document says.

Investigators also found a purse and “what appears to be a long-sleeved shirt/garment” with one of the firearms, according to the document, which was filed Friday by District Attorney Marc Bennett.

On Nov. 25, Bennett’s office charged four people with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Melissa and Roger Bluml. One of the defendants, Anthony Bluml, is the couple’s 18-year-old adopted son. Another defendant, Kisha Schaberg, is Anthony Bluml’s 35-year-old biological mother.

The two other defendants are former classmates of Anthony Bluml’s: Braden Smith and Andrew Ellington. The defendants also are charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, burglary and theft.

Melissa Bluml, a 53-year-old bank vice president, and Roger Bluml were shot outside their home on 109th Street North on the night of Nov. 15. Melissa Bluml died the next day, and Roger Bluml was left critically injured. According to the charges, he was shot in the head.

The guns, casings, purse and shirt cited in the court document have been given to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center for forensic DNA analysis, the court document says.

The document also says that a DNA analyst told prosecutors that “due to the environment in which the items were found and the nature of the items themselves, she expected to encounter difficulties obtaining a sufficient quantity of biological material for DNA analysis from these items. As such, the entire swabs collected will likely have to be consumed to provide the best opportunity for such analysis to produce comparable results.”

The document doesn’t say where or when investigators found the items.

During searches after the shootings, investigators could be seen at lakes or ponds near the shooting scene and in a park off Woodlawn just north of K-96. Officers also searched on foot and on horseback along roads near the couple’s house.

A judge has ordered the defendants to give blood or mouth swabs containing their DNA, to be tested by the Forensic Science Center. Their DNA could be compared with any DNA found on evidence.

A preliminary hearing, at which prosecutors would have to present enough evidence to convince a judge that the case should go to trial, has been rescheduled for Jan. 23.

Meanwhile, Schaberg, the biological mother, remains in jail on a $1 million bond. The three other defendants still have bonds of $500,000 each.

According to Schaberg’s girlfriend, Schaberg and biological son Anthony Bluml reunited in California around mid-September. Schaberg, Anthony Bluml and Smith drove from San Diego to the Wichita area about two weeks before the shootings, the girlfriend told The Eagle.

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