Missouri man facing murder charges in Ariz. case
Sunday, March 18, 2012
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A traffic stop has led to the arrest of a Missouri man in connection with the deaths of two people whose bodies were found following a house fire in northern Arizona, police said Saturday.
Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said Kenneth Wayne Thompson, 28, of Doniphan was booked Friday into the Coconino County jail on counts of homicide, arson, burglary, possession of a firearm and destruction of evidence.
Police spotted what may have been blood on Thompson's clothing after stopping him Friday for a traffic violation. They said he was acting suspicious, and there was evidence in his vehicle that placed him in the Prescott Valley area earlier in the day.
Bonney said detectives also learned that Thompson had ties to the people known to live at the home where the fire occurred.
Police have yet to identify the two bodies found in the burned home. The remains were discovered after firefighters extinguished the flames.
During an interview, detectives said Thompson denied involvement in the deaths of the two people. Detectives also said Thompson made statements that linked him to the house fire and the attempted destruction of evidence.
Bonney said investigators will continue working with the medical examiner's office to confirm the identities of the victims and to determine the cause of their deaths.
Bonney said police continue to investigate the case but no other suspects were being sought.
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