Arson suspects return to court

Two suspects in an arson that killed a Fostoria man and woman last week appeared Tuesday in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, where they waived their rights to a preliminary hearing.

According to court records, Shey L. Weiker, 31, is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and one count each of aggravated murder and physical harm. Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated arson.

A third suspect, Timothy D. Hall, 20, of Fostoria, also appeared in court and had a full preliminary hearing.

Hall faces two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of aggravated arson and tampering with evidence.

During Hall’s hearing, Detective Shilo Frankart of the Fostoria Police Department said Hall conspired with Fostoria residents Weiker and Schaeffer to start a fire at 614 S. Poplar St.

Danny Joe Marker Jr., 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, died as a result of the May 26 fire. Another resident, Dana Weatherall, 49, was seriously injured. Marker’s brother, Shane Marker, said Tuesday that Danny and Vance were hearing impaired. Weatherall also is hearing impaired, he said.

Frankart, whose testimony was based on interviews, said that May 26, Hall allegedly began walking with Weiker from her Taft Boulevard residence to Marker’s South Poplar Street residence after she talked about setting it on fire.

Frankart said Weiker wanted to set Marker’s home on fire because Marker allegedly committed a sex offense against a child. The alleged sex offense was being investigated by Fostoria police, Frankart said.

He said Weiker told police Hall served as her lookout as she walked to the South Poplar Street residence and threw a flare toward the home’s porch. Weiker changed her mind several times about setting the fire, Frankart said, but after eventually setting it, she walked back toward her home.

Frankart said on the way, she met Hall near train tracks and told him, “I did it.”

Weiker told Hall she had to get rid of the flare’s strike cap, and Hall then allegedly threw the cap in the sewer system in the 100 block of Taft Boulevard, Frankart said. The cap later was recovered by police. The pair then returned to the Taft Boulevard residence, where there was a conversation about what happened, Frankart said.

“He basically admitted to being involved in the entire situation,” Frankart said of Hall.

Frankart said Schaeffer, who lives in the other half of the Taft Boulevard residence, allegedly showed Weiker how to activate and use the flare to set fire after hearing her talk about wanting to start a fire using facial tissue.

After waiving their preliminary hearings Tuesday, Weiker’s and Schaeffer’s cases were bound over to Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Hall’s case also was bound over to the higher court. The three cases are to be presented to a grand jury June 11.

The $2 million bonds of Weiker and Hall and the $1.5 million bond of Schaeffer were continued Tuesday by Judge Mark Repp.