Two Midwest City men were charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found earlier this month inside a burned-out home.
Stephen Seger, 29, and Kelly Charty, 38, were also charged in Oklahoma County District Court with conspiracy to commit a felony (arson) and first-degree arson.
Prosecutors allege Seger and Charty killed Gary Scheetz, 47, by stabbing him with a screwdriver or other sharp instrument and pouring drain cleaner down his throat, court documents show.
Midwest City 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, a probable cause affidavit shows.
Investigators said they smelled gasoline or lighter fluid at the house and found a gas can next to Scheetz. Blood was found on a bed and in the kitchen, police said.
Charty told investigators Seger killed Scheetz. He said he saw Seger grab him from behind in a headlock and drag him into the backyard.
Police said Charty told them he watched as Seger stood over Scheetz and stabbed him in the upper torso and face; he then helped Seger carry Scheetz back into the house.
Charty told police Seger poured gas in the house and on the body, then set the fire and left.
A witness told officers that Charty and Scheetz had a violent history. Records show that Charty was involved in a fight with Scheetz in November and suffered a knife wound to his nose.
Another witness told police Seger asked him to bring him some gasoline for a vehicle on the morning of June 6, the affidavit shows.