Teen blamed for former Koneta Hotel fire indicted

Staff Writer

Wesley Michael Slaughter, 19, of Wapakoneta was indicted by the Auglaize County Grand Jury Thursday and is facing five counts of arson: four counts of aggravated arson, which are first degree felonies, and one count of second-degree arson.

Slaughter is the former resident of the apartment building at the corner of Auglaize and Perry streets, referred to as the former Koneta Hotel. He is accused of starting the blaze that displaced 33 people who occupied the apartments on the second and third floors of that building.

Slaughter appeared via video before Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple Thursday afternoon, while county Prosecutor Ed Pierce made a case to increase his bond to $1 million. Slaughter previously had appeared in the county’s municipal court, where Judge Andrew Augsberger set his bond at $50,000. Slaughter has been in the Auglaize County Jail since the Dec. 23 fire.

If convicted Slaughter could face a maximum of...

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