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Woman claims Jeff Henry threatened to kill her son

Case under investigation in Texas
Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 25, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A mother claims Schlitterbahn co-owner and murder defendant Jeff Henry threatened to kill her son just hours after Henry left a Kansas City, Kansas courtroom on bond.

Terri Lange said she was staying at Henry's ranch in New Braunfels, Texas when he showed up outside her home screaming sometime after 2 a.m. on April 6.

"He was standing next to his car and he was screaming, and I thought I couldn't understand what he was talking about," Lange said.

Henry had arrived in Texas by private plane after appearing in court in KCK on April 5.

He's charged with murder in the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who died on the Verruckt water slide in 2016.

"I don't have anything to say today thanks. I'll be talking with you soon shortly after I get some rest," Henry told the 41 Action News Investigators after he left the KCK courtroom April 5.

But New Braunfels Police records show Henry was awake very early the next morning.

Officers arrived just after 3 a.m. to take Lange's complaint about Henry.

Specifically, she claims Henry threatened to kill her son C.J. Conn, who used to work for Henry and is currently in a Texas jail for violating probation in a theft case.

Lange said Henry told her, "I'm going to kill your son. I'll bond him out of jail and kill him."

Lange's claim may be backed up with audio.

She said she called 911 during Henry's confrontation with her.

There appears to be a 911 recording because New Braunfels Police, through the city's attorney, denied the 41 Action News Investigators' request to get a copy because the case is open.

New Braunfels Police Spokesman David Ferguson said officers also wear body cameras.

The 41 Action News Investigators were denied both audio and video recordings in the case.

Lange said after Henry left, she spoke to the 911 call taker to see if anyone had been listening to her confrontation with Henry.

"I said are you there because I didn't even know if anyone was on the phone, and she said, 'Yes I am, first off are you okay?'" Lange said.

Henry apparently confronted Lange because he wanted her off his property.

Henry's attorney Ron Barroso told the 41 Action News Investigators the day of the incident Henry wanted some people off his property he was letting stay there because they had burglarized it.

An eviction notice for Lange, her son, and another Henry employee was posted on April 5, giving 30 days notice to vacate.

Henry confronted Lange during the early morning hours of April 6 wondering why she was still there.

Lange said she and her son didn't burglarize Henry's property and had been staying there with his consent as part of her son's job.

"It was a verbal arrangement because it was like inclusive in his pay," Lange said.

Barroso also told the 41 Action News Investigators on April 6 Henry would speak to New Braunfels Police about the case and file his own charges against the burglars within a day.

Nearly three weeks later, it hasn't happened.

Ferguson said New Braunfels Police have had no contact with Henry since Lange's complaint on April 6.

In addition to that open threatening case and the pending murder trial, Henry's estranged wife has accused him of physical and mental abuse in a pending divorce.

Henry's Corpus Christi water park is also in bankruptcy.

When the 41 Action News Investigators asked Henry about his legal problems, he said, "No comment."

"My biggest concern right now, because I'm safe, is my son C.J. I know this man, Jeff. If he says that he's going to kill my son, take his word for it," Lange said.

The 41 Action News Investigators have placed multiple phone calls to Henry's attorneys over the last couple of weeks to ask about the New Braunfels incident.

Those calls have gone unanswered and numerous messages have not been returned.

If Henry is charged in connection with this reported incident, it could be grounds to revoke his $500,000 bond in KCK.

If that happens, Henry might have to stay in jail in KCK while waiting for his trial. It was originally scheduled for September, but a hearing Wednesday revealed the grand jury that indicted several people and companies connected to Caleb's death indicteda wrong entity. A new trial date will need to be set. 

While there's an open misdemeanor threatening investigation in New Braunfels, Henry has not been charged with a crime in the case.

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