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.
Charty, though, refused to kill Houston after being directed to do so by Segar, the witness testified.
“He'll have to kill me to get to you,” the woman said Charty told her.
Houston said she did not see either man kill Scheetz but testified about Segar describing how he killed her boyfriend.
“Yeah, I killed that (expletive),” Houston said Segar told her. “I didn't like the way he was talking to my little brother (Charty).”
Segar also talked about how he would cut up the body if he couldn't secure a truck to move it and how he would burn down Scheetz's house as a “last resort, Houston testified.
Police officers were called to a house fire about 8:40 p.m. June 6 at 309 W Lilac Lane, and found Scheetz in the living room with extensive burns and trauma to his forehead and neck, records show.
Houston testified passing out several times over a 24-hour period. Once, she said, Segar woke her by tapping her on the cheek and dragged her to the backyard, where she saw Scheetz's lifeless body.
“Is he …?” the witness testified asking Segar. “‘Yeah, he's dead,'” she said Segar replied.
Houston also testified about seeing the two men laugh and chant “Gary's dead, Gary's dead” as they kicked and stomped the victim.
Segar, she said, appeared to be enjoying himself, adding that one of the men put a crack pipe in the victim's mouth and both men moved his lips, saying “Look at me, I'm a dead crack head.”
Neighborhood friend Rublin Lafebre testified about buying gasoline for Segar, who told him he needed it “to take care of something … take care of evidence, something of that nature.”