Stearns County to Take Paynesville Homicides to Grand Jury 10 Apr 18

(West Central Tribune/St. Cloud, MN) — Stearns County intends to present evidence to a grand jury in the case against a man suspected of killing his grandparents last month in their Paynesville home, where he also lived.

The West Central Tribune reports 33-year-old Gregory Allen Scheel made another court appearance Monday in Stearns County District Court where he currently faces two counts of second-degree intentional murder in the deaths of Wilbert and Gloria Scheel.

A notice of intent to present to a grand jury was filed Monday. Only a grand jury can bring charges of first-degree murder, punishable by life in prison.

Premeditation in causing a person’s death or causing death while committing or attempting to commit another crime, such as burglary or kidnapping or aggravated robbery, are among the several reasons spelled out in statute that warrant a first-degree murder conviction.

The bodies of Willie and Gloria Scheel were found March 22 in their car on a northern Kandiyohi County road. Gregory Scheel was arrested on foot about a half mile from the vehicle.

Scheel remains in the Stearns County Jail on $3 million bail.