By BRIAN BOHNERT
The key suspect in a fatal Memorial Day arson will stand trial for her alleged crimes this October.
Shey L. Weiker, 31, 151 Taft Blvd., was found competent for trial Tuesday morning by Seneca County Judge Michael P. Kelbley, a court representative said. She had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity June 18.
Weiker is charged with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; aggravated murder, a special felony; murder, a special felony; and attempted murder, a first-degree felony, for her role in the May 26 house fire that killed two and injured one in the 600 block of South Poplar Street. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
During the competency hearing, Kelbley set Weiker’s trial date for Oct. 14, the court representative said. Weiker had previously underwent a psychiatric evaluation July 15 at Forensic Diagnostic Center in Mansfield.
She, along with Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, 151 Taft Blvd., and Timothy D. Hall, 20, 126 Findlay St., were indicted by the Seneca County Grand Jury in June on charges stemming from the Memorial Day 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.
Weiker allegedly threw a lit railroad flare toward the porch of the residence because Marker, who was previously listed as a registered sex offender on the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office database, had supposedly committed a sex crime against her son, court documents state.
Schaeffer, who allegedly instructed Weiker how to ignite the flare, also entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity June 18. He is scheduled for a competency hearing Friday.
He was charged with complicity to aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; complicity to aggravated murder, a special felony; complicity to murder, a special felony; and complicity to attempted murder, a first-degree felony. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Hall, who is accused of allegedly disposing of evidence, will have his case brought before a jury Oct. 27-28 in Seneca County. He was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony. According to court records, he allegedly disposed of the flare’s strike cap by throwing it into the sewer system in the 100 block of Taft Boulevard.
If convicted, Hall faces a maximum prison term of nine years.
The initial fire call came in via 911 at 3:05 a.m. advising of people trapped inside the home.
The three suspects were taken into custody the afternoon of the fire after officers executed a search at 151 Taft Blvd., at which time they also collected various items as evidence.
All three suspects are being held in Seneca County Jail in Tiffin.
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