Stabbing death under investigation

Victim had history of violent crimes

A stab wound to the heart killed a man early Christmas morning in a house on County Road 125 near Wildcat Canyon Road.

“The autopsy Wednesday showed that a knife hit the heart,” La Plata County Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Brown said Wednesday. “It caused him to bleed out.”

Authorities were alerted to the stabbing of Robby Schindeldecker about 1 a.m., Brown said.

Brown declined to say anything further about the weapon, possible multiple wounds, suspects or a motive. He said he is interviewing people who were at the house.

The District Attorney’s Office will bring charges when the time comes, Brown said.

Schindeldecker, 43, died as he had lived – violently.

In May 1998, Schindeldecker was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a woman on Animas City Mountain on Jan. 4, 1996.

He had pleaded guilty to the charge in September 1996. But, free on $25,000 bond, he fled before his scheduled sentencing the next month.

Schindeldecker dodged the law until April 1998 when he was arrested in Estancia, N.M., about 40 miles southeast of Albuquerque on charges of battery, carrying a concealed weapons and concealing his identify.

New Mexico returned Schindeldecker to Colorado.

The battery charge in New Mexico stemmed from the alleged assault on a disabled woman friend of his live-in girlfriend. When he was arrested, he was carrying a .38-caliber handgun, 19 knives and several martial arts weapons.

In the La Plata County rape, he assaulted a 39-year-old jogger.

District Court Judge Timothy Patalan, who sentenced Schindeldecker, received 15 to 20 letters from the public. About half the writers said rape wasn’t in keeping with Schindeldecker’s nature. The others said he was a criminal who should spend time in prison.

daler@durangoherald.com

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