An inmate of the Tecumseh state prison officially faces the possibility of the death penalty.
State prosecutors had indicated previously they would seek the death penalty for Patrick Schroeder, accused of killing his cellmate at Tecumseh state prison.
Schroeder is a convicted murderer accused of using a towel to choke to death 22-year-old Terry Berry, Jr. who was found by prison staff unresponsive in his cell April 15th.
Today, Johnson County Attorney Rick Smith officially filed first degree murder and use of a deadly weapon charges against Schroeder. The state Attorney General’s Office has filed a Notice of Aggravating Circumstances against Schroeder, a necessary step to seeking capital punishment in the case. The notice alleges Schroeder has been previously convicted of another murder and has a history of serious criminal activity.
Schroeder is serving a life sentence for the murder of a Pawnee County farmer in 2006.
Schroeder is scheduled to appear in Johnson County District Court on the afternoon of June 20th.