Driver in deadly church van wreck appears in court

Members of Cedar Grove Baptist Church packed the courtroom Monday for the first appearance of the man accused of killing two members of their congregation in a wreck last September.

Tyler Schaeffer appears in court on Dec. 3, 2012 (WVLT/Sharee Gilbert)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Members of Cedar Grove Baptist Church packed the courtroom Monday for the first appearance of the man accused of killing two members of their congregation in a wreck last September.

Tyler Schaeffer appeared for arraignment Monday in Sevier County Criminal Court on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI.

Investigators said Schaeffer's vehicle struck the Cedar Grove Baptist Church van head on in September, killing 45-year-old youth pastor Jeff Trussell and 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszewski. Ten others were on the van when the crash occurred on Chapman Highway.

Schaeffer was hospitalized as well.

On Monday, the court appointed him a public defender and set the date for him to enter his plea for April 22, 2013.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 181836381 - local8now.com/a?a=181836381
Gray Television, Inc.