Maine suspect charged with murder and arson

Maine suspect charged with murder and arson

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Police have charged a Maine suspect for the arson and murder of 66-year-old Wayne Morrill. Officials believe that Charles “Chip” Townsend, 32, of Washington County purposefully set fire to Morrill’s home last month, which led to his unfortunate death.

According to The Press Herald, witnesses reported a fire around 6 p.m. on October 7. Maine Firefighters arrived at his single-family residence at 88 Ridge Road in Robbinston and found him dead.

Examiners revealed that Morrill had died from smoke inhalation. According to News Center Maine, police asked The State Fire Marshall’s office to investigate the incident.

They concluded that the fire started near the kitchen and the entryway of the building. Investigators from The State Fire Marshall’s office, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Calais Police, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were able to determine that Townsend was guilty of setting Morrill’s house on fire.

According to The Press Herald, officials have arrested Townsend and charged him with arson and depraved indifference for the murder of Wayne Morrill. Police are holding him at the Washington County Jail while he awaits his first trial appearance.




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