Fostoria arson suspect ruled competent for trial

FOSTORIA — The last of three suspects in a fatal Fostoria arson fire is set to stand trial Oct. 27 in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.
Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, of Fostoria, was found competent to stand trial on Friday.
He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to four felony charges filed after a house fire killed Daniel Marker Jr., 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, and injured Dana Weatherall, 49, on Memorial Day in Fostoria.
Schaeffer allegedly instructed Shey L. Weiker, 31, of Fostoria, on how to ignite a railroad flare she allegedly threw at the porch of the house.
Schaeffer faces four charges: 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.
Weiker was found competent for trial Tuesday and will be tried Oct. 14. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
Their co-defendant, Timothy Hall, 20, of Fostoria, is accused of disposing of evidence and also will be tried Oct. 27.
He faces a maximum of nine years in prison if convicted.



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