Mich. Woman Charged in Fatal Arson
Feb. 09, 2000
LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ A woman accused of setting a fatal fire in her high-rise apartment building was charged with murder and arson on Tuesday.
Dorothy Taylor, 63, was being held without bail. A pre-trial hearing had not been set.
The felony murder carries a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole. Arson is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Authorities did not offer a motive.
The fatal fire Sunday night was the third fire that weekend at the Oliver Towers apartment complex, which houses about 90 elderly and disabled residents.
The first fires were confined to sofas on the fourth and sixth floors. It was not clear whether Taylor was accused of setting all three fires.
Police have said that they identified the suspect using a video surveillance camera that was installed in the first-floor lobby, where the fatal fire started.
One resident, Carolyn Meister, died of smoke inhalation. Fourteen others were hospitalized.