Key arson suspect found competent for trial

Shey L. Weiker, the key suspect in a late-May house fire on South Poplar Street, will stand trial for her alleged crimes this October.

Weiker, 31, of 151 Taft Blvd., entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity June 18 to charges of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; aggravated murder, a special felony; murder, a special felony; and attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

During a hearing this morning, Seneca County Judge Michael P. Kelbley ordered that Weiker was found competent to stand trial. Her trial date is set for Oct. 14, a court representative said.

She, along with Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, 151 Taft Blvd., and Timothy D. Hall, 20, 126 Findlay St., were indicted out of Seneca County Common Pleas Court in June on charges stemming from a May 26 blaze that took the lives of Daniel Marker Jr., 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, and injured Dana Weatherall, 49, at 614 S. Poplar St.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s issue of the Review Times.

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