Daniel Schooler indicted in Dayton pastor shooting case

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9:57 AM
Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 @ 10:48 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Daniel Schooler indicted in Dayton pastor shooting case
Pastor's brother officially charged in shooting death

The pastor of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church was shot and killed at the end of Sunday services, and his brother is behind bars, accused of pulling the trigger. Lines wrapped around the church where the pastor’s funeral was held Thursday. The suspect has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Key Points:

  • Shooting happened inside the church
  • Victim identified as William Schooler, 70, of Dayton
  • Suspect is his brother, Daniel Schooler, 68, of Dayton
  • Daniel Schooler arrested at the church, faces murder charges
  • Suspect has history of mental illness and violence, according to court, police records


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UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m. (March 9):

Daniel Schooler was indicted on seven charges today by a grand jury.

Schooler was indicted for aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons while under disability, according to court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in common pleas court on March 10 at 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE @ 9:36 a.m. (March 9):

A Montgomery County grand jury is scheduled to hear the case involving the shooting death of a Dayton pastor, according to a court clerk.

Daniel Schooler, 68, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability

UPDATE @ 2:01 p.m. (March 3):

A long line of mourners wrapped around the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church building on Thursday as people gathered to pay their last respects to a local pastor who was shot and killed inside his church.

Rev. William B. Schooler, 70, was shot multiple times inside St. Peter’s Missionary Church on Sunday. His brother Daniel G. Schooler, 68, is facing multiple charges in connection with the pastor’s murder.

On Thursday, Gale McLemore said she knew a large amount of people would attend the service for Schooler. The pastor’s reach went beyond the pulpit and extended into the community, she said.

“It’s very difficult and there’s really no words to express what’s in our hearts today,” she said. “I think he meant a lot to the people in the city. The lives he touched. The children’s lives he touched as an educator. The efforts he put into the community.”

William Schooler was known as a leader within the Dayton community. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1963, he went on to become a decorated Vietnam Veteran who received the Bronze Star.

William Schooler taught in the Dayton Public Schools district from 1972 until 1978 before becoming a principal in the Jefferson Twp. from 1978 until 1997, when he retired. He was also a was also a former Dayton Board of Education member.

William Schooler had integrity, said Derrick Atterberry, a Dayton resident who came to the funeral to pay his respects.

“He was about people,” Atterberry said. “He showed love, and I think this is their way of showing love back to him.”

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m. (March 3):

A line formed outside of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church on West Third Street prior to Rev. William Schooler’s funeral service Thursday morning. People visiting the church for the funeral services said the church is full.

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. (March 2):

Daniel Schooler was arraigned on two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability in Dayton Municipal Court this afternoon.

Schooler pleaded not guilty to the charges and he is continuing to be held in the Montgomery County Jail with a $1 million bond.

Preliminary hearing is set for March 9.

UPDATE @ 11:17 a.m. (March 2):

Daniel Schooler shot his brother four times with a stolen .380 caliber handgun, the final shot being witnessed by William Schooler’s wife, according to court documents filed by Dayton police.

“The defendant then laid the gun down and waited for police who took him into custody,” said the affidavit written by a Dayton police detective.

The affidavit said Daniel Schooler confronted his brother at 12:22 p.m. Feb. 28 “and with prior calculation and design, carried out previous threats to kill the victim,” detective Nathan Via wrote. The document also noted that the defendant had two prior convictions for felonious assault, is under a weapons disability and is a repeat violent offender.

Daniel Schooler is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dayton Municipal Court on several counts including murder.

UPDATE @ 3:28 p.m. (March 1):

Funeral services for the Rev. William B. Schooler have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1900 W. Third St., Dayton.

UPDATE @ 1:18 p.m.:

Daniel Schooler, 68, has been charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of using weapons under disability, according to a Dayton Municipal Court clerk.

The charges were filed around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The clerk said while the charges were filed, Schooler is not expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor’s said the case will be presented to a grand jury at a future date.

“This is a tragic and senseless shooting. We extend our condolences to not only the family of the victim, but also to the congregation of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr..


The Rev. William Schooler, 70, was gunned down just before 12:30 p.m. in his office in back of his church while the choir was singing at the end of Sunday services.

The congregation heard the shots that claimed their beloved pastor, community leader and former Dayton Board of Education member in their Nancy Avenue church.

“I just got everybody out of the church and we just kept hearing shooting and shooting,” said Alberta Blayth of Dayton. The church member said she saw the accused shooter, the pastor’s 68-year-old brother Daniel Schooler, head for the office while the pastor’s wife and the pastor were inside.

A church member called 911 when the shooting began: “Our pastor just got shot by his brother! … He’s still shooting him!” Dispatch: “Where is the shooter at?” Caller: “In the church. In the back, with his brother and his wife.”

Before the shooting, the service was turned over to Curtis Booker, the choir director, who said he saw Daniel Schooler get up and follow his brother to the back.

“Then I heard the first pop and I thought he fell because there’s a little step right there. Then I heard a second pop. And I was like, that sounds like gunshots,” Booker said.

“We heard pow, pow,” church member Beulah Booker-Robertson said, recounting the shooting. “The usher at the door said ‘everybody get down, everybody get out.’ ”

Dayton police said Schooler was shot multiple times, but that the congregation and community at large were not targeted and there were no other intended victims.

“I want to make sure the public understands this is not a random act of violence,” Sgt. Creigee Coleman said. “This was somewhat of a domestic situation between family members.”

Daniel Schooler was taken into custody at the church. He was led in handcuffs to a waiting police cruiser and is now behind bars at the Montgomery County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon, online jail records show.

The shooting remains under investigation, and police and prosecutors plan to meet to discuss formal charges.

A Schooler family member said Daniel Schooler struggled with mental illness. “Bipolar, schizophrenic. He had a lot of things going on he was dealing with,” said Joyce Napier, niece of the pastor and suspect. “I don’t think he woke up this morning and said ‘I want to kill my brother.’ I just think the mental state and illness goes together and that’s what evil does.”

The Schooler family is in pain, Napier said, but will grieve together.

“We stick together. And we pray. And don’t turn on each other … because he has daughters, the other one has daughters. And we loved them both, so we have to stick together. That’s all we know, that’s all we have,” she said.

Woman accused of tying up her mother, who has dementia

Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2016 @ 12:13 PM
Published: Saturday, October 01, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

            Woman accused of tying up her mother, who has dementia

A Washington woman faces charges of assault and unlawful imprisonment after investigators said she tied her 80-year-old mother to a chair and tried to strangle her.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Pierce County Superior Court, Leisa Wagner, 50, became frustrated with her mother because she had to help her use the bathroom too many times a day. Police said the elderly woman suffers from dementia.

Wagner is accused of tying up her mother Thursday night and wrapping a sheet around her neck as the elderly woman screamed for help.

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“Our officers arrived, found the elderly female still sitting in the chair tied with the bedsheet,” said Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle.

Police say the incident was witnessed by another family member, who recorded part of it on cellphone video.

Investigators said the family member told them he heard Wagner shouting, “You need to stop going to the bathroom every five seconds. If you don't stop giving me a hard time, I will tie you up and lock you in here and never let you out."

Police said the witness called 911 for help, and Wagner was arrested.

Investigators said that because of the woman’s dementia, the cellphone video will play a key role in the case, giving them evidence the victim may not be able to supply because of her medical condition.

“Many times, they are not able to speak with us coherently because of the dementia,” said Engle. “So this time, having that video shows us exactly what happened. A picture paints a thousand words.”

Wagner pleaded not guilty to the charges during her arraignment on Friday. She was freed without bail.



Boy Scout volunteer arrested on molestation charges

Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2016 @ 10:53 AM
Published: Saturday, October 01, 2016 @ 9:39 AM
By: WOKV News Team

            Boy Scout volunteer arrested on molestation charges

A Boy Scout camping trip volunteer has been arrested in Florida on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and simple battery on two victims.

Court records say 75-year-old Stinson Lenkerd was volunteering as aquatics director for the Boy Scout camping trip at Camp Echockotee in Orange Park Sept. 16-18. Lenkerd is accused of slapping two boys on the buttocks on multiple occasions, including when they were playing on hammocks. Records say one of the victims reported Lenkerd’s finger touched his buttocks under his clothes during one of the slaps.

Investigators say they found eight photos on Lenkerd’s phone from the camping trip. Four were of the scouts, including one of the victims in the hammock. Two of the photos were just of one of the victims in the hammock, according to the records.

The ages of the victims, as well as what Lenkerd said to investigators, has been redacted from the report.

He’s been charged with a felony count of lewd and lascivious molestation and a misdemeanor count of simple battery. Clay deputies say Lenkerd was arrested in St. Johns County, where he lives, and transported to the Clay County Jail.

Tulsa police officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter in Terence Crutcher shooting

Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 4:47 PM
Published: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 4:17 PM
By: Naomi Keitt - KOKI-TV

            Tulsa police officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter in Terence Crutcher shooting
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The Oklahoma police officer charged in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Friday pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter.

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Flanked by her attorneys, Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was in court for less than 10 minutes Friday morning. A judge read the charge against her and she entered a not guilty plea before leaving the courtroom.

Shelby shot and killed Crutcher on Sept. 16, sparking protests amid a broader conversation about police violence and race. Shelby is white and Crutcher was black.

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Shelby and her attorneys say she feared for her life before firing the shots. Prosecutors say she acted unreasonably when she fired.


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Jacob Wetterling’s killer gives chilling details of abducted 11-year-old’s final moments alive

Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 2:44 PM
Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 @ 6:03 PM
By: Crystal Bonvillian - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The man who abducted, sexually molested and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989 stood before a judge Tuesday and gave chilling details of the Minnesota boy’s final moments.

Jacob’s parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, sat on the front row and listened as Danny James Heinrich of Paynesville, Minnesota, described how he took their son to a gravel pit, forced him to undress so he could molest him and then shot him after he cried and asked to go home. Heinrich, 53, confessed to Jacob’s murder as part of a plea deal with prosecutors in a child pornography case.

Heinrich faces a maximum of 20 years on the child porn charge to which he pleaded guilty, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As part of the plea deal, another 24 child porn charges were dropped; Heinrich also escapes prosecution for Jacob’s murder.

The now-confessed killer was arrested last year after about 150 images of child porn were found in his possession. It was following that arrest that he was officially named a person of interest in Jacob's disappearance. 

Aside from the guilty plea, Heinrich also led investigators last week to Jacob’s remains, which were buried on a Paynesville farm. Paynesville is about 30 miles from where he abducted Jacob in St. Joseph.  

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Patty Wetterling told news media after Tuesday’s plea hearing that it was “incredibly painful to know (Jacob’s) last days, his last minutes,” according to the Star Tribune. Still, she said, her son’s legacy will continue.

“He’s taught us all how to live, how to love, how to be fair, how to be kind,” Wetterling said.

Jacob disappeared the evening of Oct. 22, 1989, as he rode home on his bike with his younger brother, Trevor, and his best friend. The three boys had gone to a nearby convenience store to rent videos and buy snacks.

The Star Tribune reported that Heinrich told the packed courtroom Tuesday that he was driving on a “dead-end road” in St. Joseph when he spotted the boys on their bikes with a flashlight. He stopped them and told the other two boys to run home and not look back.

Heinrich forced Jacob into the passenger seat of his car and handcuffed him, the newspaper reported.

“What did I do wrong?” Heinrich said Jacob asked.

Heinrich made Jacob duck down into the seat as he listened to a police scanner, which, after the other boys ran the half-mile back to the Wetterling home, crackled with news of the abduction. He drove Jacob to the gravel pit, where he walked him to a stand of trees.

It was there, Heinrich said, that he removed the handcuffs and Jacob’s clothes, and molested him. When the boy complained of being cold, he told him to get dressed.

Jacob asked to go home, but Heinrich told him he couldn’t take him all the way home, at which point, the boy began to cry, the Star Tribune reported. Heinrich told the court he panicked and pulled out a revolver.

He said he told Jacob to turn away from him because he had to use the bathroom.

“I raised the revolver to his head. I turned my head and it clicked once. I pulled the trigger again and it went off. Looked back, he was still standing,” Heinrich said, according to the newspaper. “I raised the revolver and shot him again.”

Heinrich left, but returned later to bury Jacob’s body. He told the court that he moved the body a year later after he returned to the burial site and could see the boy’s jacket had begun to show through the soil.

The Star Tribune reported that Heinrich also detailed his molestation of another boy, 12-year-old Jared Scheierl, in Cold Spring, Minnesota, nine months before he abducted and murdered Jacob. Investigators long believed the two cases might be connected, due to the description of the suspect in each case, and Heinrich was tied by circumstantial evidence to the Cold Spring attack as early as February 1990.

He was physically linked to that case last year when DNA found on a sweatshirt Scheierl was wearing during the attack was matched to Heinrich's DNA profile, according to WCCO, Minneapolis' CBS affiliate. Prosecutors could not  bring charges against Heinrich in that assault, however, because the statute of limitations had expired. 

Heinrich was also considered a suspect in 1991 when several paperboys in the Paynesville area reported being followed by a tan vehicle while on their routes, the Star Tribune reported. Though Heinrich at the time drove a similar vehicle, no charges were ever brought in those cases.