Murder suspect found competent

A woman accused of setting fire to a Fostoria residence in May, killing two people and injuring another, has been found competent to stand trial.

Shey L. Weiker, 32, of Fostoria, was declared competent to stand trial Tuesday after recently undergoing a competency evaluation in Toledo. She had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in June, and the evaluation then was ordered by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley.

After announcing Weiker’s evaluation results Tuesday, Kelbley announced Weiker’s trial is to begin Oct. 14.

Dean Henry, Weiker’s attorney, said he was unsure Tuesday whether Weiker would request a second evaluation.

Weiker, who is charged with one count each of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; aggravated murder, a special felony; murder, a special felony; and attempted murder, a first-degree felony, allegedly set fire May 26 to 614 S. Poplar St., the residence of Danny Joe Marker Jr.

Marker, 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, who were hearing impaired, died as a result of the fire. Dana Weatherall, 49, who also is hearing impaired, was seriously injured.

Law enforcement said Weiker allegedly set fire to the home because Marker allegedly committed a sex offense against a child.

Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, of Fostoria, who is charged with one count each of complicity to aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; complicity to aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; complicity to attempted murder, a first-degree felony; and complicity to murder, a special felony, in connection to the fire, also has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

A competency hearing for Schaeffer is scheduled for Friday in Kelbley’s courtroom.

He is accused of instructing Weiker how to activate and use the flare she allegedly threw at the South Poplar Street residence.

Another person indicted in connection to the arson, Timothy D. Hall, 20, of Fostoria, has pleaded not guilty to one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of obstruction of justice, also a third-degree felony.

Hall allegedly met up with Weiker and threw the flare’s strike cap into the sewer after the fire was set. He is scheduled to appear again in court Sept. 23 for a plea hearing.

If Hall is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of nine years in prison.

Weiker and Schaeffer each face a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if they’re convicted of their charges, according to their indictments.