Two men charged with murder in death of man whose body was found in house fire

Prosecutors say Stephen Seger and Kelly Charty killed Gary Scheetz by stabbing him with a screwdriver and pouring drain cleaner down his throat.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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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.


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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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