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Dec 8, 2004
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Teen charged in fire
Written by Sam Kusic, Gazette Staff Writer
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Blairsville blaze claimed father's life
Jamie Empfield/Gazette photos
BLAIRSVILLE - On the morning of March 21, with her house burning and her father nowhere to be found, Codee Wheeler stood calmly out front, dismissing those who had stopped to ask if she needed help, neighbors told police.

That’s according to several similar statements given to police, who are now accusing Now she is accused of setting fire to her Blairsville home, killing her adoptive father, William Earl Wheeler.

State police and Blairsville police have charged Wheeler, who turned 17 today, with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, two counts of arson and related offenses, criminal mischief, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. She is being charged as an adult.



Blairsville Borough police officers Jill Gaston, left, and Steve McCaulley led Codee Wheeler, 17, from her arraignment hearing after police charged her with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, two counts of arson and other related offenses Wednesday at the Blairsville District Court.


William Wheeler, 57, died that morning in a first-floor bedroom at his South Stewart Street home. It also left Wheeler and her adoptive mother, Susan Wheeler, without a place to live. Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker has ruled Wheeler's death a homicide, listing the cause as smoke inhalation.​
In court documents, police said that as the house was burning, several people heading to a bus stop in front of the home saw smoke, and Codee Wheeler, standing outside, seemingly calm, though pacing.

One yelled to her, asking if everything was OK. She gave a thumbs up.
But everything was not OK.

According to Baker, Wheeler suffered extensive burns to most of his body, hands and arms especially, consistent with someone possibly trying to shield himself while trying to escape. And according to state police fire marshal Timothy Frew, the fire was intentionally set.



Susan Wheeler, right, and her daughter, Codee, back to camera, prayed with their pastor, the Rev. John McMannus, hidden from view, and a neighbor on March 21 after Wheeler’s husband died in a house fire in Blairsville.

In a report, he said an accelerant-sniffing dog detected an accelerant in two areas on a family room floor, one where two bottles of kerosene were kept and another in a southwest corner.


A lab test on a carpet sample confirmed the presence of an accelerant such as odorless kerosene, lighter fluid or a specialty solvent.
But in multiple interviews with police, Wheeler has denied setting the fire. During one, she laid out the following sequence of events: She woke up around 5:50 a.m. and went downstairs, finding her father playing a computer game, "Family Feud." She did her chores, walked upstairs with a cup of tea Wheeler had made for her and began preparing for school.
Afterward, she said, she went up and down the stairs a few more times, bouncing from her bedroom to MTV on television downstairs and a breakfast sandwich Wheeler had made for her.


In the meantime, Wheeler said he was going to take a nap.
On her last trip downstairs, Wheeler said, she saw and smelled smoke at the bottom of the stairs, at which point she began screaming for her father, but he didn't answer. She then grabbed a cordless phone from the living room and walked onto the porch to get away from the smoke. She called her mother and then called 911. After that, she tried calling Wheeler's cell phone. He always either had it on him or beside him, she said. She called at least three times. Wheeler never answered, she said.

Nonetheless, police said they believe Codee Wheeler is responsible. According to statements made to police, Wheeler had, in moments of anger, thrown out remarks to others about setting the house on fire and killing her parents.

One time, Wheeler had grown angry because she thought her father was listening in on telephone conversations between sher and her mother. "I could just burn the house down," she reportedly said. On another occasion, Wheeler, again angry, said she "had a plan and she knew how to take that house down."



Court documents also suggest that the time leading up to the fire appears to have been an unhappy time in the home. Wheeler told police her problems began in December 2006 when Children and Youth Services removed her from the home, sending her to live elsewhere while they investigated Bill Wheeler. Codee claimed Wheeler would walk around the house in his underwear and would enter the bathroom while Codee was taking a shower. But, she said, she did not feel it was "a big deal." Her grandmother, however, did.

While youth services investigated, Wheeler had been sent to live elsewhere. But she ran away. Wheeler's biological sister told police Wheeler did not want to return home, but if forced to, "she would have to do what she had to do." Her sister said she took that to mean Wheeler would run away. A classmate told police that she understood Wheeler and her parents had been fighting a lot and that they had been refusing to let her see a WyoTech student.

Wheeler was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Jennifer Rega in the Blairsville district court. Indiana attorney Thomas Kauffman represented her. Wheeler was taken to Indiana County Jail and remained incarcerated this morning without bond. From there, she is to be transferred to a juvenile detention center.

A district judge does not have authority to set bond for a defendant charged with homicide. She walked into the courtroom holding her mother’s hand. After the arraignment, they kissed each other. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Blairsville district court.



Just like the line... "Court documents also suggest that the time leading up to the fire appears to have been an unhappy time in the home." Oh ya think?​
 

Mort

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Feb 15, 2006
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I bet she fucks like a wild animal.

Grrrrr.
 

commish13

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Wheeler had grown angry because she thought her father was listening in on telephone conversations between sher and her mother. "I could just burn the house down," she reportedly said.
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