UPDATE: Grand jury indicts brother accused of killing Ohio pastor

Published: Feb. 28, 2016 at 6:29 PM EST
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UPDATE 3/9/16

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury in southwest Ohio has indicted on murder charges the brother of an Ohio pastor who was shot in a church office near the end of Sunday services.

Daniel Schooler earlier pleaded not guilty to the same charges after his Feb. 28 arrest at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church.

He is being held on $1 million bond and will be arraigned Thursday on the indictment counts. A message was left with his attorney

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Schooler is charged with one count of aggravated murder, and two counts each of murder, felonious assault and having weapons under disability in the slaying of the Rev. William Schooler, age 70.

Records indicate Daniel Schooler has a history of mental illness.

UPDATE 2/29/16 @ 3:33 p.m.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The man being held in the fatal shooting of his pastor brother at an Ohio church sued the minister over an inheritance dispute five years ago.

Police in Dayton say suspect Daniel Schooler is the brother of the Rev. William B. Schooler. The pastor died Sunday at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church.

Court records show Daniel Schooler sued his brother and church leaders in 2011, saying he was owed money from the real estate value of the church.

A court ruled against Daniel Schooler's claim.

Police have said they don't know what led to the shooting.

A relative told the Dayton Daily News that Daniel Schooler has a history of mental illness.

The newspaper also reports that Daniel Schooler shot his nephew in the arm in 2001, but the nephew didn't want to press charges.

UPDATE 2/29/16 @ 8:30 a.m.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities investigating the slaying of a southwest Ohio pastor expect to charge his brother in the fatal shooting that occurred at the pastor's church office as services were winding down.

Dayton police say the Rev. William B. Schooler was shot around 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church.

The 70-year-old pastor's brother was arrested at the church and taken to the Montgomery County jail. Police say they expect 68-year-old Daniel Gregory Schooler will face a murder charge Monday.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Schooler.

Police said they did not know Sunday what led to the shooting, but said the pastor was the only intended victim.

The brothers' niece, Joyce Napier, told the Dayton Daily News that Daniel Schooler has a history of mental illness.


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio pastor with deep roots in the Dayton community was shot and killed at the pulpit during Sunday services at his church.

A man whom witnesses identified as the pastor's brother was taken into custody.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 70-year-old William B. Schooler. Schooler was pastor of St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church, where the shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m.

Schooler was past interim president of the Dayton school board and current president of the local Baptist ministers union.

An official police statement had not yet been released.

Witnesses said about 20 people were inside the church and the choir was singing when the suspect walked up to the pastor and fired two shots. Parishioners were reported streaming out of the church after the shooting.