10/28/14 – 5:07 A.M.
The first day of a Fostoria arson trial was full of activity. The Review-Times reports the jury was seated, opening statements were given, and several witnesses testified in the case against 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer. Schaeffer is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder in a May fire that killed two people on Poplar Street.
During opening statements, the prosecution argued that Schaeffer knew Shey Weiker was agitated on the night of the fire, and that giving her a railroad flare was the same as giving her a can of gasoline. The defense said that Weiker was trying to bring Schaeffer down with her and that she had already lied to police.
Weiker took the stand for the state. During her testimony, she said she was upset after she learned Marker had “raped” her son. She added that Schaeffer told her, “flares don’t leave fingerprints.”
Timothy Hall also testified, saying he tried saw Weiker come out of Schaeffer’s home with a flare on the night of the crime, and tried to talk her our of starting the fire. He also admitted he got rid of evidence.
The case is scheduled to continue today.
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