Criminal Charges Filed Against Ohio Pastor's Brother Following Fatal Shooting Sunday
Court records show Daniel Schooler sued his older brother in 2011, claiming the reverend owed him inheritance money
An Ohio man who allegedly fatally shot his Baptist pastor brother in a church, moments after he’d delivered his Sunday sermon, was charged with murder and other criminal counts on Tuesday, PEOPLE confirms.
A statement released to PEOPLE by prosecutors claims Daniel Schooler, 68, faces seven criminal counts: two for assault, another two for weapons violations, and three for murdering the Rev. William Schooler.
Investigators say Schooler confronted his 70-year-old brother on Sunday afternoon inside the business offices of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.
No one else was injured in the fatal shooting, which was reported to police at around 12:30 p.m., officials tell PEOPLE.
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A service was being conducted inside the church at the time of the murder, police claim.
Prosecutors claim Schooler has two previous convictions for felonious assaults, and that the shooting may have been sparked by a long-simmering financial disagreement.
PEOPLE obtained court records that confirm Schooler unsuccessfully sued his older brother in 2011, claiming in court that the reverend owed him money from the church’s real estate value.
Documents show that the brothers’ father had owned the church’s land, but left no will when he died more than 40 years ago.
Schooler, who has yet to hire a defense attorney, is being held without bail. A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for April 18.