One Plea, 3 Face Trial In Valley Center Area Killings

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WICHITA, Kan.(KAKE) -- One of four defendants in the murders of a Valley Center area couple has agreed to a plea deal and is testifying against the others. A preliminary hearing in the murders of Roger and Melissa Bluml was held today. They were shot to death in November, 2013.

Braden Smith was the only witness called during today's hearing. He has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder in exchange for his testimony.

Smith testified he and the couple's adopted son Tony Bluml moved to California and lived with Tony Bluml's birth mother, Kisha Schaberg.

Smith testified the three returned to Wichita. On the trip he said Tony Bluml and Schaberg talked about killing Roger and Melissa Bluml so Tony could collect an inheritance.

Smith said he agreed to provide guns for the crime. He said he wasn't at the Bluml's house the night of the shootings. He said Schaberg and Drew Ellington were at the Bluml's house.

Smith testified Schaberg later told him she shot Melissa Bluml in the head. He testified Schaberg told him she fired at Roger Bluml after he went to help his wounded wife.

Tony Bluml, Schaberg and Eliington were bound over for trial. No trial date has been set.


Anthony Bluml, 19, his birth mother, Kisha Schaberg, 35, Andrew Ellington, 18, and Braden Smith, 19, are charged in the shooting death of 48-year-old Roger Bluml and 53-year-old Melissa Bluml, Anthony's adoptive parents.

The couple was shot in the head November 15 at their rural Sedgwick County home. Melissa Bluml died the next day and Roger Bluml died on December 21.

In November, all four were initially charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, burglary, theft and two counts of aggravated robbery.

According to court documents at that time, all four suspects were charged with forcefully stealing Melissa Bluml's purse and hurting her in the process. They were also charged with forcefully stealing Roger Bluml's car keys and phone and charged with theft for stealing coins and property from the Bluml's home, worth less than $1,000.