Three indicted in fatal house fire

By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER

FOSTORIA — Three Fostoria residents have been indicted in connection with a fatal house fire.

Shey L. Weiker, 31, and Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, both of 151 Taft Blvd., and Timothy D. Hall, 20, of 126 Findlay St., were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury Thursday on charges stemming from a Memorial Day arson fire at 614 S. Poplar St. that killed two people and injured another.

Weiker, Schaeffer and Hall are accused of starting a fire at around 3 a.m. which resulted in the deaths of Daniel Marker Jr., 48, who lived in the South Poplar Street house, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44. The injured woman was identified as Dana Weatherall, 49.

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 allegedly throwing a lit railroad flare toward the porch of the residence. If convicted, Weiker could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

According to court documents, Weiker allegedly started the fire because she believed Marker had committed a sex crime against her son.

Schaeffer, who allegedly instructed Weiker how to ignite the flare, faces charges of 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. He too could face a maximum prison term of life.

Hall, who is accused of allegedly disposing of evidence, faces charges of 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.

According to interim Fire Chief Warren Digby, the initial call came in via 911 at 3:05 a.m., advising that people were trapped inside the home.

The three suspects were taken into custody the afternoon of the fire after officers executed a search warrant at 151 Taft Blvd.

Weiker, Schaeffer and Hall are being held in the Seneca County jail. Weiker and Hall are being held on $2 million bonds, while Schaeffer continues to be held on a $1.5 million bond.

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