Sunday, August 24, 2008

Oregon man faces murder charges after girlfriend dies in alleged Oregon arson

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A McMinnville man faces new charges after his girlfriend died Monday from burns suffered in a house fire he is accused of setting last month.

Larry Warren Barnard was facing attempted aggravated murder and attempted murder charges in addition to arson charges.

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry says the case will be resubmitted to a grand jury for an amended indictment to charge Barnard with murder in the death of Krista Wiegel.

The 38-year-old Wiegel died Monday morning at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Investigators say the 38-year-old Barnard had quit taking medication for bipolar disorder and had gone on a drinking binge when the house was set on fire July 2.

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