A Carroll County Circuit Court Judge on Friday found a Hampstead man not guilty of all charges related to the death of his wife in a November 2016 fire.
The defense for Robert Schech Sr. called expert witness Craig Beyler, who testified that the Nov. 13, 2016, fatal fire was accidental and originated in the bedroom.
On Monday, May 7, Robert Schech Sr. took the stand to testify in his own defense before court recessed for the evening. Tuesday morning, May 8, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Jason League began his cross-examination.
Donna Schech’s blood displayed a carbon monoxide saturation level of 34 percent and there was evidence of soot in her upper airways, leading the OCME to conclude that she was alive at the time of the fire.
A senior deputy state fire marshal testified Friday that evidence from the fire scene did not support some of Robert Schech Sr.'s statements to investigators. The defense questioned whether the fire investigation and report were thorough.
The state called fire and criminal investigators to testify about their findings at the scene of the alleged arson and murder in the trial of Robert Schech Sr.
The narrative presented by Robert Schech Sr. was called into question by a detective during video footage of an interview shown Wednesday, May 2, during the third day of Schech’s murder trial.
On Monday, April 30, the trial of Robert Charles Schech Sr., a Hampstead man indicted on charges including first-degree arson and first-degree murder, will begin in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Police have arrested the husband of a woman who died in a house fire in Hampstead last month and plan to charge him with setting the fire that killed her.