Suspect found competent to stand trial

A man charged in connection to a fatal fire in Fostoria was found competent to stand trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Friday afternoon.

Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, of Fostoria, had been indicted on charges of complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder.

A competency evaluation had been requested for Schaeffer, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Schaeffer has been incarcerated in Seneca County Jail, and his bond had been set at $2 million with 10 percent allowed.

During his court appearance Friday, a plea date was set for 2 p.m. Sept. 24, and his trial was set for Oct. 27-30.

Schaeffer was one of three people taken into custody after a Memorial Day fire at 614 S. Poplar St. claimed the life of a man and a woman and injured a woman.

Shey L. Weiker, 32, was charged with aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder and aggravated arson, according to court records.

Timothy D. Hall, 20, was charged with tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice, court records state.