Two Pennsylvania residents have been charged with first-degree murder in the arson deaths of three people in Wetzel County, WV in January of this year.
On Monday, Pennsylvania State Police arrested Samuel L. Spencer, 25, of Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania and Natasha L. Burns, 26, also of Wind Ridge, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, on three counts of first-degree murder.
Three people died at the scene as a result of the blaze at Box 297, Cliff Run Road, in Littleton, West Virginia. Two of the victims were identified as Carmen McDougal, 55, and Michael McDougal, 63, who resided at the house. The third victim was identified as Jimmy Kisner, 48, of Aleppo, Pennsylvania.
Sergeant J. E. Shriver, of the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, responded to the scene. When Shriver and other first responders arrived on the scene, the residence would was found to be fully engulfed.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was suspicious.
Charlotte Burdine and Lillian Wise lived just below the destroyed home. They described hearing a loud noise just before the fire broke out. "I went down the steps and I heard a big explosion," says Charlotte. "It went off about three or four times."
Burdine and Wise said the McDougals were pleasant neighbors who kept to themselves.
The warrants for Spencer and Burns were obtained by Corporal W. D. Henderson, of the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, after he established probable cause through interviews, video surveillance, and physical evidence.
Spencer and Burns are awaiting extradition proceedings which are scheduled to take place July 28.
The arrests were made possible as a result of the cooperation among the West Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pennsylvania State Police.