Husband wounded in Valley Center-area shooting dies

12/22/2013 7:26 AM

08/08/2014 10:20 AM

A Valley Center-area man who was critically injured last month in the double shooting that killed his wife has also died.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter on Saturday confirmed by phone that Roger Bluml had died Saturday morning.

Bluml, 48, had been hospitalized since he and his wife, Melissa Bluml, each sustained a gunshot wound to the head at their Valley Center-area home on Nov. 15.

Melissa Bluml, a 53-year-old bank vice president, died the following day.

Easter said investigators would be meeting with Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office on Monday to discuss amending charges against the four suspects arrested in connection with the shooting.

Jailed in the case are the Blumls’ 18-year-old adopted son, Anthony Bluml; his biological mother, 35-year-old Kisha Schaberg of San Diego; and two of Anthony’s former classmates, Andrew Ellington and Braden Smith, both 18 and of Park City.

Each was charged on Nov. 25 with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, burglary and theft.

Prosecutors could decide to amend the homicide charges to capital murder, potentially making the case death-penalty eligible.

In Kansas, the definition of capital murder includes the “intentional and premeditated killing of more than one person as a part of the same act or transaction,” according to state statute.

Schaberg on Saturday remained in custody on $1 million bond. The three men, who are also still in custody, each have a $500,000 bond. All are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.

News of Roger Bluml’s death drew condolences Saturday on social media site Twitter. The deaths have shaken the town of Valley Center, where the Blumls were well-known and where their oldest adopted son – now charged with murder – was a wrestler.

One tweet read: “Rest in peace. Roger Bluml. You were such a great and loving person! You will be missing by everyone!”

“RIP Roger Bluml #praying,” another read.

One wished for both Roger and Melissa Bluml to rest in peace.

“I’m so blessed to have met you and your incredible family,” the tweet said.

According to Schaberg’s girlfriend, Schaberg and Anthony Bluml reunited in California around midsummer. The pair and Smith drove from San Diego to the Wichita area, the girlfriend said, about two weeks before the shootings.

Contributing: Tim Potter of The Eagle

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