JEFFERSON (AP) - A judge Monday named a Jefferson couple guardians of the 15-year-old daughter of Diane and Ruben Borchardt.
Diane Borchardt is serving a sentence of life in prison for hiring three teen-agers to murder her estranged husband on Easter 1994. The teen-age boys also have been convicted and sentenced.
Ruben Borchardt was shot to death in his basement bedroom while Diane Borchardt and the couple's daughter, Regen, were out of town.
Jefferson County Judge Jacqueline Rohloff Erwin gave Richard and Vicki Schuyler custody of the girl.
Regen Borchardt indicated she did not want to live with Steve and Barbara Kulow, the couple Ruben Borchardt said in his will should act as the girl's guardians if he died.
Regen Borchardt contends her mother is innocent in her father's death. The Kulows believe Diane Borchardt is guilty and the girl doesn't want to live with them because of that.
The girl's lawyer, Brendan Rowen, asked the judge to take his client's wishes into consideration when granting custody. Regen Borchardt has been staying with the Schuylers since June.
"Stability in this girl's life is what she needs right now more than anything else," Rowen said. "The Schuylers are the only people she trusts and it's the only stable environment available to her."
In addition to the Kulows and Schuylers, John and Vicki Roth, also friends of the Borchardts, sought custody.
All the couples that sought guardianship of the girl said they wanted to reunite her with her half-siblings, Charles and Brook, both adults.
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