Arson suspect ruled competent for trial

By BRIAN BOHNERT
for the courier
FOSTORIA — One of the suspects in a fatal Memorial Day arson fire will stand trial in October.
Shey L. Weiker, 31, 151 Taft Blvd., was found competent for trial Tuesday morning by Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Michael Kelbley, a court representative said. Weiker had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on June 18.
She then underwent a psychiatric evaluation at Forensic Diagnostic Center in Mansfield.
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 people and injured another in the 600 block of South Poplar Street.
If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Kelbley set Weiker’s trial date for Oct. 14, the court representative said.
Weiker, along with Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, 151 Taft Blvd., and Timothy D. Hall, 20, 126 Findlay St., were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury in June on charges stemming from a 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, 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 disposing of evidence, will go to trial on Oct. 27. 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.
All three suspects are being held in the Seneca County jail in Tiffin.

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