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January 6, 2014

Judge sets trial date in purported mercy killing

Affidavit: Defendant had life insurance policy on victim

CRESCENT — A Logan County judge has set a trial date for a Crescent man who investigators say claimed his wife was killed during a home invasion and then changed his story saying it was a mercy killing.

On June 13, Logan County prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge against Mark Alan Schemm, 52, of Crescent, in the death of Monica Schemm, 50, of Crescent. Prosecutors say the defendant deliberately took the victim’s life when he placed a plastic sack over her head and face and secured it with tape, causing her to suffocate.

Schemm died from asphyxiation due to suffocation, according to the state medical examiner’s office autopsy report.

The crime is punishable by death, life in prison without the possibility of parole or life in prison.

On Dec. 20, Schemm appeared in court and entered a plea of not guilty. A message seeking comment from Bret Burns, Schemm’s attorney, was not returned before the story was filed.

Logan County District Judge Phillip Corley set a trial date of April 7, overruling a defense motion to quash information filed in the case, stating in court records physical evidence seized by officers at 560 Ruth Lane in Crescent was defective because it was a general warrant and did not specify the property to be seized as directed under state law.

The defense also claimed an improperly worded search warrant was used to gather evidence, and incriminating statements should be excluded because the defendant’s 5th and 6th Amendment rights were violated.

Witnesses for the state listed in court records include Logan County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tom Kutay, Detective Greg Valencia, several other agency personnel, OSBI agents Mike Dean and Francia Thompson and KC Schemm, the defendant’s son.

Monica Schemm was a high school cheerleader and graduated with honors in 1981, family members stated in her obituary. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark Schemm, in November 1985.

In April 1991, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and won her fight with cancer after her treatments. A whiz at math, she was a financial aid adviser at the University of Central Oklahoma for 15 years. In 2003, she resigned after a fall caused severe brain damage.

She is survived by her son KC, a daughter, a grandson, her parents and two sisters and a brother.

“Monica was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister and will be missed by many,” family members stated.   

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