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Murder defendants mocked dead Midwest City man, witness testifies

Stephen L. Segar, of Midwest City, and Kelly J. Charty, of Oklahoma City, are accused of killing Gary Scheetz, 47, and setting fire to his house.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

Two men accused of killing an acquaintance and setting fire to his house will face trial, a judge ruled Wednesday after listening to several hours of testimony from a woman who described how the men mocked their victim.

The witness, Alice Houston, also said she saw the word “snitch” carved into the chest of Gary Scheetz after pulling up his shirt at the request of co-defendant Stephen Laurent Segar.

“Stephen said, ‘Look what I did,'” Houston testified. “He showed me where he cut him.”

Houston told Oklahoma County Special Judge D. Fred Doak she used crack cocaine and drank raspberry vodka with Scheetz, Segar and co-defendant Kelly Joe Charty at the Midwest City home of Scheetz on the day he was killed.

Houston called Charty her boyfriend, adding that Scheetz was her on-again, off-again lover. She testified under cross-examination about having sex with Charty about a month before he died.

The two men, she testified at a preliminary hearing, had fought over her in the past.

“They wanted me to make a decision and stay away from the other one,” she said.

Segar, 30, of Midwest City, and Charty, 39, of Oklahoma City, are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Prosecutors allege Segar and Charty killed Scheetz, 47, by stabbing him with a screwdriver or another sharp instrument and pouring drain cleaner down his throat.

Doak ordered the two men to trial, overruling the objections of Charty's attorney, Michael McBride.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Charty was involved in the murder of Mr. Scheetz,” McBride said. “Not one bit of evidence.”

Prosecutors added an alternative charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder Wednesday against Charty, who “agreed with everything Segar was saying,” Houston said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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