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2 Midwest City men arrested in fire death

Kelly Charty
Kelly Charty

MIDWEST CITY — Police have arrested two people in the death of a man whose body was found burned in a suspicious house fire two weeks ago.

Stephen Segar, 29, and Kelly Charty, 38, face complaints of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, and murder in the death of Gary Scheetz, 47.

Assistant Police Chief Sid Porter said officers were called to a house fire about 8:40 p.m. June 6 at 309 W Lilac Lane and found Scheetz dead at the scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Scheetz was found in the living room with extensive burns and trauma to his forehead and neck.

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.

A witness told officers she was at the house earlier with Segar and Charty. She said Charty left with her and walked her to her nearby residence. The witness said Charty came back to her house later, saying he desperately needed to talk to her.

Charty told one of her family members that he needed to talk to her because “something really bad had happened,” according to the affidavit.

The 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 Segar asked him to bring him some gasoline for a vehicle on the morning of June 6, according to the affidavit.

Officers located Charty and Segar at a hotel and took them into custody on unrelated complaints. Investigators found several spots of blood on Charty's shirt and his right shoe.

Both men were booked into the Midwest City jail on complaints of arson June 9.

A witness later told police she was sleeping in the front bedroom of the house when Segar woke her up and grabbed her by the arm, dragging her into the backyard.

The woman told police she saw Scheetz lying on his back in the yard and he appeared to be dead. She said Segar was “bragging about killing Gary and told her that she could be next,” according to the affidavit.

Charty told investigators in a second interview that Segar killed Scheetz. He said he saw Segar grab him from behind in a headlock and drag him into the backyard.

Police said Charty told them he watched as Segar stood over Scheetz and stabbed him in the upper torso and face; he then helped Segar carry Scheetz back into the house.

Segar poured gasoline throughout the house and on the body before lighting the fire and leaving the house, Charty told police.

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