- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - The trial for a Broken Arrow man accused of killing a college professor he met online has been tentatively set for January, District Attorney Brian Kuester said.

Joshua John Schneider of Broken Arrow is facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree arson and larceny, the Tulsa World reported (http://bit.ly/1pIrXFV ). Prosecutors said he is accused of killing Northeastern State University assistant chemistry professor Tiffany Maher after meeting her on the dating website PlentyOfFish.com.

Police said multiple fires had been set in 38-year-old Maher’s home, including the bed where she was found on May 30, 2013. First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp has said authorities believe Maher was killed sometime between May 27 and May 31.

Schneider is being held in a Cherokee County jail, according to the Cherokee County Courthouse. His attorney has declined to comment.

Authorities said they identified Schneider as a suspect after finding messages exchanged between them before Maher’s death. Investigators obtained her phone records in June 2013 and found she had communicated with someone with a 918 prefix in the days before her body was found.

The number was listed to a subscriber identified only as “Big Daddy.” A tablet computer Maher’s mother reported missing was found in a Tulsa pawn shop, and an affidavit said the computer was re-registered to someone identified as “Big Daddy.”

Pawn shop records state Schneider sold the device, authorities said.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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