Man indicted in arson case that killed wife, son
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) A central Florida man accused of fatally setting fire to his estranged wife and adult son has been indicted on five charges related to the deadly blaze.
Florida Today reports that the State Attorney’s Office announced the charges Tuesday against 64-year-old Edgard Fuentes. He faces two counts of murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson.
Palm Bay police say Fuentes went to his wife’s home Jan. 11 and poured gasoline throughout the house and started a fire that seriously burned 61-year-old Daisy Tapia and 32-year-old Erik Montes. Tapia and Montes were taken to a hospital, where they both died.
Police say Fuentes was later arrested at a nearby rest stop on Interstate 95. He was badly burned and remained hospitalized for several weeks after his arrest.