WAPAKONETA — Wesley Slaughter, the 19-year-old Wapakoneta resident charged with five counts of aggravated arson in connection with a Dec. 23 fire in that city, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation Thursday at the Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio in Dayton.
The examination was ordered by Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple after Slaughter, through his court-appointed attorney Gerald Siesel, earlier this month entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity to four first-degree felony counts and one second-degree felony charge returned against him by a grand jury.
Pepple ordered a continuation of the $1 million bond for Slaughter that had been previously set.
Wapakoneta firefighters were dispatched shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 23 to a structure at 1 Perry Street in downtown Wapakoneta that housed some two dozen occupants. Upon their arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from several windows of the building and flames coming from an apartment on the front of the structure.
Nearly two dozen occupants of the motel portion of the building were exiting the structure upon firefighters’ arrival, and all were able to escape safely. A local restaurant owner paid to have the persons displaced by the fire gain temporary lodging at a Wapakoneta motel.
By the afternoon of Dec. 24, Slaughter, reportedly a resident of the building, was arrested and charged with arson.
The structure has stood in downtown Wapakoneta since 1898.
Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.