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Teen’s murder trial now set for February

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

By Ken Jackson

Staff Writer

Konrad Schafer, the Kissimmee 15-year-old who was implicated in a pair of murders this summer, had his court date postponed in one of the cases to February.

Konrad Schafer

Konrad Schafer

On Wednesday, Ninth Circuit Court Judge Jon B. Morgan granted a continuance asked for by both Assistant State’s Attorney Sara Hatch and Schafer’s public defender representative in the case of the shooting death of Poinciana resident Eric Roopnarine on July 3.

Originally set to go to trial Dec. 2, Schafer now is scheduled to appear Feb. 17, with a pre-trial hearing set for Feb. 5, when he will face charges of first-degree murder and armed burglary with a firearm.

Police allege Schafer, along with three accomplices, were part of a scheme to rob Roopnarine at his Mendoza Lane home in Poinciana around 11:30 p.m. July 3. The report said he stabbed the victim after co-defendant David Damus shot him with a Hi-point carbine action rifle when Roopnarine failed to produce more than $300 during the robbery.

Ninth Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton is prosecuting the case himself, taking the lead in a case for the first time since winning election to the office’s top post in last year. At some point, Schafer also will face a count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old David Guerrero, who Kissimmee police said Schafer gunned down near a bus stop on North Central Avenue in the early-morning hours of June 26. Detectives believe that he used that same rifle, purchased just two days prior by his father, Lothar Schafer, to kill Guerrero and fire shots into homes — some occupied — throughout the county over the following week. Damus was accused of driving when Schafer allegedly shot Guerrero and into the facades of those homes.