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New details of Schulz death revealed in court documents

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New details of Schulz death revealed in court documents
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CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- Court documents say a 26-year-old Mitchell woman was killed by her fiance because she was ending their relationship and she was lured to the shed where she was shot by being told there were kittens inside.

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In motions filed earlier this month in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Brule County Courthouse in Chamberlain, prosecutors outline the events they believe led 36-year-old Kent Davidson to kill 26-year-old Crystal Schulz on March 11.

Davidson became suicidal when he found out Schulz was ending their relationship, court documents say, but instead decided to kill Schulz.

Davidson was indicted in March for first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. In April, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to a motion filed July 12 by Assistant Attorney General Bob Mayer, Davidson, Schulz and Schulz's brother, 17-year-old Austin Schulz, went to Dickinson on March 8 -- six days before Crystal Schulz's body was found -- to visit Agnes Clement, who is Crystal and Austin Schulz's mother.

During the visit, Crystal Schulz told Clement that "she was having trouble with her relationship with Davidson, and she was going to break things off," the motion says. Clement worried that Davidson would retaliate if the relationship were to end and warned Schulz to have someone else present when she confronted Davidson.

"Crystal assured Agnes that, although Davidson would 'talk trash' to her, Crystal did not believe he would harm her," the motion says.

Schulz was upset with Davidson because he did not work, was not paying bills and charged purchases to Schulz's bank account without permission, court documents say. Davidson did not work "for fear of being identified as a parole absconder," the motion says.

Davidson, who also has ties to the Jamestown area, has already been sentenced to five years in prison, which was reimposed by the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles for his failure to return to a minimum-security facility where he was living while on parole last year. It was after he absconded from parole that, according to his Facebook page and Schulz's, the two became engaged.

Eventually, Schulz told Davidson she was going to end their relationship, the motion says.

On March 10, Crystal and Austin Schulz, and Davidson, returned to South Dakota.

On March 11, after Austin Schulz left for school, Davidson allegedly became suicidal when he learned Schulz was going to end their relationship. Later that morning, he took a shotgun from the house out to a shed with the intention of killing himself, according to the motion.

"For whatever reason, (Davidson) claims he could not accomplish the suicide," the motion says. "When that happened, his mind switched and he wanted to hurt someone else."

Davidson told Schulz there were kittens inside the shed to lure her out of the house, the motion says. When Schulz got to the shed, Davidson directed her to a corner near the passenger side of a vehicle stored in the shed.

"While Crystal's back was facing him, he raised the shotgun to his shoulder thinking, 'Sorry, but someone has to die,' " the motion says.

Davidson shot Schulz once in the back of her head from between 8 and 10 feet away, the motion says. Davidson allegedly took a few steps closer, reloaded the weapon and then shot Schulz for a second time.

"Davidson touched her ribs to make sure she was dead," the motion says. "He thought, 'Yeah, I did it.' "

From there, Davidson took a vehicle to a nearby gas station, the motion says, where he bought $20 worth of gas and withdrew $180 in cash with Schulz's debit card. He then left for Sioux Falls, where "he hooked up with a romantic interest for some partying," the motion says.

On March 14, Clement found Schulz's body still lying inside the shed where she was allegedly killed, Clement said in an interview earlier this month. Davidson was later arrested after a standoff with law enforcement in Sioux Falls after the state Attorney General's Office asked for the public's help in locating him for questioning regarding a homicide investigation.

During interrogations, Davidson admitted to most, if not all, of the facts presented in the motion, the motion says.

Prosecutors have also filed a motion requesting Davidson have a psychiatric evaluation away from his court-appointed-attorney, Clint Sargent, of Sioux Falls, and another requesting Clement have access to any psychiatric reports made as a result of the case.

Sargent, Davidson's attorney, has filed a motion to exclude any evidence related to any alcohol or drug use by Davidson because there is no evidence he used either the day of the alleged killing, the motion says. Sargent has also filed a motion to exclude any evidence related to Davidson's criminal history.

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