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Man charged in Michigan fire that killed his mother, sister

March 1, 2018

In this photo released by the Saginaw County Sheriffs Department, Jason Enrico Desmone, 38, is shown. Desmond who was arraigned March 1, 2018, in Saginaw, Mich. is charged with two counts of premeditated murder and two counts of first-degree felony murder in the deaths of his mother and sister in a Feb. 12, 2018, house fire. (Saginaw County Sheriffs Department via AP)

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say set a fire in Michigan that killed his mother and sister has been charged in the deaths.

The Saginaw News reports 38-year-old Jason Enrico Desmone was arraigned Thursday on charges including first-degree murder. He’s accused in the Feb. 12 fire in Saginaw that killed 71-year-old Adair Smithpeters and 41-year-old Melissa Shook.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser says: “If you intentionally set a house on fire when people are sleeping in it, there’s a real good likelihood they’re going to perish in the fire.”

Desmone, who escaped the fire, was ordered held without bond. Court records didn’t list a lawyer for him in the case.

Saginaw is located about 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. The home had been condemned shortly before the fire.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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