TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - A Broken Arrow man arrested over the weekend for allegedly leading law enforcement on a chase through Tulsa and abandoning his 2-year-old daughter in the woods has been charged with first-degree murder and arson.
Joshua Schneider, 33, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and three counts of larceny in a Cherokee County district court Monday.
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Schneider was named a person of interest earlier this month in the murder of Northeastern State University professor Dr. Tiffany Maher. Maher was found dead in her home in May. Schneider is accused of setting fire to Maher and her home.
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According to court affidavits released Monday, Schneider and Maher, 40, met on dating website plentyoffish.com in May.
On June 15, Maher's Kindle Fire and HP-Mini Notebook computer were pawned in Tulsa and Coweta by a man identifying himself as Schneider, which led to an arrest warrant for false declaration of ownership in pawn.
Three days later Schneider, driving his live-in girlfriend Heather Black's Nissan Sentra with Black and his daughter inside, failed to pull over when an OSBI agent attempted a traffic stop. Schneider led police through Tulsa, ultimately eluding officers around 31st and 41st and South Garnett Road after hitting at least two other vehicles.
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OSBI agents later found several pieces of identification, including both Schneider and Maher's Oklahoma driver's license and Maher's Discover card, alongside the same roadway Schneider had been driving, the documents state.
Agents then searched a storage unit belonging to Black on June 22, and found a suitcase containing papers with the name of Joshua John Schneider and several CDs with "T. Maher" etched on the cover. Black, who reported dating Schneider since March and turned herself into authorities Saturday, told police Schneider only admitted a possible link to Maher's death after the couple ran from police.
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Black, charged with child neglect and eluding officers, has not been charged in Maher's death. Both Schneider and Black are being held in Tulsa County Jail.
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