Scott Amedure Jonathan Schmitz

A Michigan man who shot and killed a gay man after he confessed he his secret crush on a TV talk show is scheduled to be released from prison on August 21.

Jonathan Schmitz, pictured center and far right, will walk out of prison next week after serving 21 years for killing his co-worker Scott Amedure, 32, pictured left.

The two men were casual acquaintances. Schmitz, who was not gay, was aware that his co-worker was openly gay.

Jenny Jones invited the two men on her show where Amedure confessed he had a crush on Schmitz, then 24. Clips from the episode, which aired on news programs, shows Schmitz laughing and appearing at ease after Amedure's confession.

Later, Schmitz confronted Amedure outside his trailer and shot him to death. He later told police he killed Amedure for embarrassing him on national television. The episode never aired and the Jenny Jones Show was canceled in 2003.

Schmitz turned himself in to police and he was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25-50 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

Schmitz, now 47, was granted parole in March and he is set to be released from a Michigan prison next month.

Amedure's older brother, Frank Amedure Jr., is "troubled" by Schmitz's parole.

"I wanted assurance that the (parole board's) decision was not based on just good behavior in prison," he said, adding that he didn't think Schmitz changed in prison.

"I'd like to know that he learned something, that he's a changed man, is no longer homophobic and has gotten psychological care."

  • Kilroy

    Praying for this guy and the family of the one he killed. SMH

  • Evillene

    A confessed, depraved murderer shoots someone point-blank for absolutely no reason gets paroled after 21 years yet there was a question as to whether OJ should be paroled on a mere assault charge. Why are these men measured by different standards? Amerikkka...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    21 years for murder? Probably should gotten more time, but I guess that's about average time served nowadays for that crime. We've seen lots of killers get less.

  • Wellbalancedlibra

    21 years? Wow. If he was a black man...LIFE

  • KarmaBackAround

    Messed up on both sides..the deceased was wrong to tell that man that on national television knowin he wasnt gay..the killer was wrong because he didnt deserve to die..i wouldve sued his ass for defamation instead..

  • Keisha Hannah

    I remember this.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    I remember when this occured as I used to watch this with my Mommy growing up.

  • We Can Do This

    Hunted the man down and killed him. Wow!

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Sometimes not someone I know killed his cousin and did ten years, got out got married then killed his wife. It seems drug addicts get more time.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Yep I just said that up top.

  • Wellbalancedlibra

    LOL Wow. You're right.

  • WhooCares

    Agreed

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Yes his arse was on the first 48 too. If you killed your cousin chile I'm not dating you.

  • Blue

    The guy in the video at :22 said it best.

  • ZZZ

    Schimitz was probably insecure and gay and didn't want no one to know. That is why he probably killed Amedure.

  • BettyBoop

    I was thinking the same exact thing. You can't convince me they hadn't talked about this before the show.

  • BettyBoop

    OJ sliced and diced his victims. It was up close and personal with a knife. I think that made a difference.

  • BettyBoop

    Well if he wasn't gay 20 years ago, He is now....

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I remember this story too. I felt so bad for both guys because black hair wasn't gay at all. Jenny Jones nem brought him on the show about crushes. When he saw who it was with a crush on him, he laughed through the discomfort and admitted knowing who the guy was. He didn't seem offended, but once the show aired and his 'friends' started being dicks, it probably sent him to another level. The female was friends with both guys.

    Sad, sad story, but I'm glad he's being set free. I hate that JJ nem didn't suffer any consequences for their part. I get it, they didn't force or tell him to pull the trigger. I hope he can get back to some sense of normalcy.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Do y'all think he had some same sex loving by now?

  • BettyBoop

    He didn't seem offended, but once the show aired and his 'friends' started being dicks, it probably sent him to another level.
    _________________________
    Didn't Sandra say the show never aired in the write up?

  • LuLu

    LMBOffffff!!!!! *Comment of the Day!**** LOL

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    As a homosexual, you would think I'd be more sympathetic, but... so many queens put themselves in harm's way by chasing their demented, straight-d/ck fantasies. Scott might be alive today if stuck to pursuing other openly gay men.

  • AJ

    #BannonOut

  • country57

    Yep!!!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    He look like he got dack without judgement in jail. Happy and content in that photo.

  • Platoon

    Know your enemy. It's all a distraction

    Wake up!!! ?

    Trumps favorite saying ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/803fa54644751b6e6e2563b7bae6c7db14142b1c943b63d545df5794b8d6a75e.jpg

  • KarmaBackAround

    Maybe..but back n that time he may was jus straight and embarrassed

  • KarmaBackAround

    Yep!! Probably..21 years a long time

  • IamAllnatural

    Yeah that makes plenty of sense. He probably wasn't ready to come out the closet.

  • IamAllnatural

    This idiot is really making history. If Obama had done half the stuff trump has, they would've impeached or killed him. I want someone to ask him exactly what does it mean to make America great again.

  • IamAllnatural

    At the rate he's going, he will be a one man show!

  • stanhope

    Dude shot gay dude because his sphincter got to twitchin' at the prospect of a "night on the town". LOL

  • stanhope

    America's newest drag queen coming to a street near you.

  • stanhope

    Hon, they didn't want his ass.

  • GuestSTAR

    Especially since AMERIKKKA has always been great to him and his................

  • Platoon

    The answer to your question is in the picture.

    And, Obama is no different. He is a devil too. He, trump and all world leaders are puppets

  • imright

    OJ didnt kill those crackas

  • Lisa daniels

    I am so glad that you said that. Thanks for keeping it ?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    It was taped but never aired because of the killing

  • Lisa daniels

    Dead

  • Lisa daniels

    So y'all see on the criminal channel as someone I knew called it?

  • Lisa daniels

    Now a days if he got convicted he probably would have gotten less time.

  • Phyllis

    Jenny Jones was totally wrong for thinking everyone was cool with the gay agenda... it wasn't cool at all!!! Not to make excuses for what Schmitz did though..

  • soujourn_erets

    The sabbath is here. This is not a night to hit the city and to get loose, party, watching movies/tv, smoking and having strong drinks, and sexing and working, etc

    The Most High gave us this day to rest. Use this time to fast, rest, read and pray. We are living in dark times and there will be total chaos soon.

    Y'all negroes are the Chosen people that the Tanak discusses. Our ancestors were those who Moses led out of Egypt, whom The Most High made a covenant with and whom The a Messiah came for.

    Just consider the information...yall be safe.

    ?

  • Benjamin

    My gaydar is strong with him as well. You can see it all in his face.

  • On the radar….

    I agree. I remember when this happened. She did that ish for ratings and ended up losing her show. I didn't find this ish to be funny at all.

  • On the radar….

    Obama may be many things but devil he is not. Black folks need to quit with all that Illuminati shit.

  • Omandesert

    Why no posts on Bannon?

  • Ryan

    A friend of mine told me today that trump's ghostwriter predicts he'll resign by the end of the year, with him and his followers claiming victory cause he was "wrongfully" forced out.

  • lovelygamour

    On those shows they would push the panelist. So did they make him set a date? I remember one maury where they had man /Woman? Maury brought a boy down to guess. All the contestant had bikinis on. It become obvoius that the boy was special needs but maury kept gouding him. The woman was really a man. So someone with issues gets put on the hot seat. Those shows were awful and some still are. I'm not excusing the killer but we dont know HOW far the show went. I was watching a jenny jones episode around the time it was cancelled. A producer came from backstage and was aggressively arguing with a woman. I mean he was pointing and I think he wouldve slap her.?

  • mzwhang90210

    Make America Great Again = Make the White House WHITE again.
    I will go to my grave saying Trump's slogan was coded KKK rhetoric. Great "AGAIN" as in..it wasn't great when there was an AA President.
    Lemme stop typin...I'm startin to get mad.

  • lovelygamour

    Back then they didnt. Seperate hotels and airplanes.

  • lovelygamour

    I thought it It was aired as well or maybe the just showed a preview. ?

  • mzwhang90210

    I personally don't think he should've spent so much time in jail in the first place.
    Yeah..I said it.
    I'm all for LGBQXYZ rights...but alot of these folks are straight up BULLIES.
    They kill me with the "Well...he/she must be secretly gay since they are so against gays..closet homo!!"
    NO..just NO. Some people DESPISE that lifestyle. Not because they are secretly gay/lesbian/bisexual. But because of their own set of morals and the way they were raised, and THEIR religious beliefs.

    I am not anti-gay by a LONG shot. I've attended/helped plan over a dozen gay marriages of close gay friends. AND held receptions for gay couples in my back yard.
    But I'm tired of these folks bullying everyone. Folks can't disagree with them--- without fear of being fired/blackballed, attacked, etc.
    Enough already.
    If a person doesn't agree with necrophilia--does that mean they secretly want to sleep with corpses??? C'mon now.

    #endrant

  • mzwhang90210

    Tell the truth BewJu...you turned them in didn't cha?
    What'd you do with the reward $$
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  • mzwhang90210

    Dude may have been in shock.
    Thinking a woman is the person who has the crush..then it's revealed it's a man. Yeah..he smiled THEN...but got home and was like WTF??? Then thinking everybody was going to see it.
    I don't condone what he did---but I understand.

  • dontgetblocked

    So he does twenty years of a 25 to 50 year sentence and gets to move on with his life while another man is dead. Furthermore, this murderer had a drug and alcohol problem and had mental issues. But he's white so he goes free.

  • Michelle

    Well said! I like the gays personalities but don't care for the ones that force their sexual preference on opposing viewers. Nobody cares who they wanna fuk.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This episode never aired on television.

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Jenny Jones' show used to be poppin' back in the day. Ratchet with class. I don't feel like debating so that's all I got ????? But y'all know if he was black...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This had nothing to do with the show's cancellation. This happened in 1995. Her show was canceled in 2003.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Why does it always have to be a race thing? We have all seen examples of unfair sentencing on both sides.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Lol nope his daddy turned him in and testified against him.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Are you sure? If not, maybe it was the media coverage surrounding all the drama, the players, the show clips, etc. I definitely remember the story.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yeah I was just replaying to SR there must've been a lot of media coverage about the different puzzle pieces cuz I definitely remember when this all went down .

  • On the radar….

    Correction: It fell off afterwards and then eventually they cancelled. How's that?

    In May of that year a civil trial found "The Jenny Jones Show" to have been negligent because they did not screen the guests before inviting them on the show. The show was ordered to pay the Amedure family $25,000,000 for funeral expenses and pain and suffering for each family member. This decision was later overturned on appeal. The show pressed on in spite of sluggish ratings and was finally cancelled in 2003.

  • starbright9449

    He looks like a weirdo lol.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Insane Taco Juice

    My family in Texas isn't into the gays like other relatives that lived in L.A. or NYC. It's not hate for them personally but a deep intolerance for the lifestyle.

  • Lady Elle

    Why does Schmidt (when he was younger) remind me of George Michael from the side.

  • Dahl

    Not having watched the clip, I thought the dark haired guy was the gay one...

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    Welp sometimes you have to keep your gay jokes to yourself. Everybody ain't wit that ish!?????

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Tell the truth. Even if it hurts.

  • Platoon

    He's not a devil? So, him flashing the same devil horns as Anton Levy don't mean anything?

    A devil pushes the homosexual agenda the same way he did. A devil bombs and murders hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of innocent people in other countries.

    It's so blatant. I pray you wake up.

    https://uploads.disqusc https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13d857436b432834c59b6aa222847c00321e93d8187e7ba1080a0aad888e1377.jpg dn.com/images/ec7316104dfe974bfc75a7a886e365b6c9a1c9923c8b0d1bc9f8eea5b6de4142.jpg

  • On the radar….

    So you would rather have him give the okay to kill people because of something you don't agree with. Kinda like Trump giving the dog whistle to kill you and your family ? I pray you come up with a better argument.

  • AG

    He would have got the needle. You ain't lying.

  • the guest

    I completely understand.

    The Jenny Jones show was wrong.

  • Wyteprivilege

    Boom!

  • Wyteprivilege

    lolol! How do ya'll come up with this?! The Wham George Michael to be exact.

  • nick c

    21 years for 2nd degree is actually pretty long.

  • Lisa daniels

    Exactly.

  • Ms. Jackson

    Going on a talk show can be very detrimental to your health! I remember watching this show! I was stunned to find out he murdered that guy. But do y'all remember the black guy who went on either Judge Mathis or Judge Joe Brown? Well, his moma put all his business out on the street on national TV and the Judge went INNNNN on that ass too. Well, he wound up killing his mom shortly after the show aired.

  • Platoon

    Honestly, I don't understand what you're saying. All world leaders worship Satan. Do your research on the EU, UN, etc and you'll see that they all flash devil horns and triple 6's all of the time.

    I understand why people put BO on a pedestal. But, this is an evil man.

    I mean, the Creator of this world and The Messiah are black men. This is very clear to understand when you read the scriptures.
    They're the ones who deserve high esteem, worship and praise.

    I kid you not, you're probably an Israelite.
    the war is against us because we are the chosen ones. This battle is ancient. The powers that be knows this and their mission is to keep us void of this knowledge via education, religion, entertainment and more

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    LOL! How do you know that?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Jenny Jones had a lousy show anyway. This gay drama helped put that crappy program out of business, and mercifully so.

    I don't know why but this makes me recall Rick James going on Judge Joe Brown and making an absolute jackass of himself with his gay "friend" who he was suing over a missing guitar or some other made-up nonsense.

    During the show, Rick outed his obviously gay "friend" on national TV. It had nothing to do with the guitar, but Rick said the man grabbed a glob of Rick's ass and held on for like 45 seconds.

    Later, the two reconciled in front of the cameras. Rick even said he would marry the man IF he were a homosexual. It was very bizarre. And it re-confirmed my theory that Rick James was in fact a closeted gay man himself. R.I.P.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Hopefully he doesn't get tricked by a tranny when he gets out because they're running wild ouchea.

  • Rachel

    Jenny Jones show set this guy up with an extremely aggressive homosexual who didn't take no for an answer. The pursuit continued even after the guy told him on the show and after the show he was not interested. The guy kept up the hot pursuit imagine living in the same complex as someone who won't stop bothering you until you snap one day.

  • CaramelDrop

    Really? I'm getting a strong Buzz Lightyear vibe with the "ass-chin" ?????

  • CaramelDrop

    THis is NOT a comment the REAL SR would make. THIs is AmeriKKKa.... everything in the justice system is about race.

  • kennedy campbell

    OMG ...if a straight person ever came on to me and said they liked me..in front of the nation.or grabbed my but .on tv...i mean i'm not going to kill them or hate them...that's just me...i'd get over it

  • Gigi La Moore

    Still not an excuse for murder.

  • Gigi La Moore

    Wow, how did I miss that? Lol.

  • Gigi La Moore

    I don't remember that. Do you have more details?

  • On the radar….

    I'm trying to see where you got I'm putting him on a pedestal. We only had 1 black president in all of history and I'll be damn here come all the enlightened brothers calling him a devil. Every president is considered a devil but this man is the worst of them? You're talking about a black man who's power was limited all because of his color. The republicans made it no secret they were going to block everything this man would do. It had NOTHING to do with his intellect. Youre trying to guess where I'm from. Well, guess what, unlike all you enlightened negroes, I actually know where I'm from. I did my research, so I am well aware of every part of my DNA, baby! And I'm proud to know I'm a descendant of the first human on this planet so there's no need to guess. You're so damn far up into Messiah this and Messiah that, you're not able to differentiate one from the other. I may be sarcastic at times and quick to respond with anger in certain situations but I have NO HATE, in my heart against anyone regardless of color. You and people like you break down everything Obama did was wrong but forget the fact that man was raised by white people. He had to be around other black people (his wife) to learn and to be in the realm of what it is and how it is growing up black. Do your research. You all expect this man to all of sudden come in bring down the hatred that we've endured for many years, just like that. Yet, all of us have been born and raised and all I see is that we've had black leaders die in the name of us getting respect to be treated human. Something wrong with narrative. I don't want to look at some videos of extreme hatred against our own. That's the problem and why we as a people can not get ahead. We have the worst (imo) president right now in office trying to take us back to slavery era and you and people like re calling Obama a devil with horns? You think Obama is the only president to cause death to innocent people trying clear out the evil that surround those people? You blame Obama for the gay people having a right to be gay? Hell, I don't agree with gayness but I also don't agree with killing people either because I don't agree with being gay. Many people have been and will be inspite if what I don't agree with. I'm more concerned that because of the color of my skin, today that a president is giving the dog whistle to Neo nazi and kkk, who were hidden butniw are being very focal. You have not said one thing about Donald Trump and his outright atrocities, why, because he's a white man and it's expected? Shut up with your misguided research.

  • unknown user

    Good chance they had already screwed before he brought him on the show

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I sure they suck him in the but so much that he learned his lesson.

  • Platoon

    I'm sorry, but you're not really saying anything clearly. I'll give it another read later. But, not once did I say that BO was the worst of them all. They're all evil.

    Btw, John Hanson was the first black president.

    But, I'll let you be. Enjoy your day.

  • On the radar….

    He is the first black president under the constitution, negro. Enjoy your day.

  • stanhope

    Chile, wonder the circumference of that hole after 20 years of being Bubba LeRoy's personal piece.

  • stanhope

    He will be the tranny

  • Platoon

    ?????
    Ok :)

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I bet he likes dyck now.

    Well he at least he will admit it now. *wink*

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He was told that his admirer could have been a man or a woman.

    That should have been a clue.

    That guy was just a closeted guy in denial and reacted like that more to prove the public that he wasn't gay more than anything else.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Every single aspect of American life is impacted by racism, but at least your comment gives insight into how you can support people who want people who look like you dead.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

    The guidance for the charge was between 20 and 50 so he only served one year over the minimum.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    ITJ: It's not hate for them personally but a deep intolerance for the lifestyle

    That's the definition of hate.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It was code for Making America White Again.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Insane Taco Juice

    Mmmm...no. No one wants my gay relatives dead before their time or to suffer physically because of their lifestyle. However, the opposing relatives see homosexuality as a mental illness, which is rampant in my family anyway.

    So maybe they hate the lifestyle based on stereotypes but not the person. There is a difference.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ok you're deluded so I won't discuss this any more.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Insane Taco Juice

    Really? Name calling over something that doesn't concern you? How mature...

  • Ms. Jackson
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I am gay, but keep your hate going troll.

  • the guest

    Why are prisons single sex?

    Is homosexuality considered part of the punishment for criminals?

    Should homosexuality be used as punishment of criminals?

    I wonder if prisons were designed to use homosexuality as punishment or were prisons designed thinking that prisoners would be abstinent. What kind of mind would invent single sex prisons?

    Is it possible for prisons to be segragated according to heterosexuality and homosexuality and segragated according to those with gender indentity issues?

  • the guest

    LOL

  • the guest

    Rick James? Judge Joe Brown? How'd that happen? Better yet, how did Dave Chappelle overlook that for a skit?

  • the guest

    I'm telling you, there should be laws against embarrassment and public humiliation. Embarrassment and public humiliation will drive disturbed people to evil.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Hatred is usually based on ignorance.

  • the guest

    Trump is going to resign because he never wanted the job to begin with. The Presidency was on billionaire bucket list. To him the presidency is a playground.

    He's a billionaire entrepreneur. He's not interested in taking orders, team work, or adhering policies. Trump wants his life back and they are planning an exit that will save most face.

    I think the most dignified thing he could've done was to have said on election night thanks, I proved I could win, but no thanks.

    But he and his eldest children had business agendas and interests in the presidency.

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    ? really Sandra??

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Exactly

  • Ryan

    Very well said. He's on record saying that he didn't think this job would be so hard.

    Seriously?

    The mentality of a spoiled 12-yr-old.

  • akuakokoblogspotcom

    ? clearly they read the article

  • kennedy campbell

    maybe there are some that separate. i know some jails will separate the gays from the straights and to take it further they separate gay bottoms from gay tops....

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Ohhhhh ok my bad

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    For some reason gay men believe all men are gay or closeted. This thought process is dangerous because it results in many of them being killed or assaulted when they make a pass at a straight man.

    Some gay men are stuck in this odd mindset that there is no such thing as a heterosexual male. They can be sexually aggressive towards men. Most lesbians don't believe all women are gay.

  • nicfury420

    Hold up?? What?! What'd she say about him?? Damn smh

  • Ms. Jackson

    He owed her a few stacks. Didn't have a job, and wasn't lokking for one. He watches p0rn all day everyday ??

  • Dowoop

    Can you imagine what would happen if both sexes were in the same prisons? Probably a lot of prison babies.

  • nicfury420

    Smdh & he killed her for that?!

  • brooklyn23

    Agreed

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Well if he wasn't g*y b4, I'm sure after being in jail for all that time, he is g*y now! Rather he wanted it or not

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    They are single because men + women = pregnancy. Oh, and not to mention the men would be raping the women. I mean why are most of those people behind bars? Murder, Rape, err... Murder?