A 74-year-old man is dead and a woman is in police custody after Stone County deputies investigated an emergency restraining order violation.
Police have confirmed the identity of the victim as Walter Scott.
Reports say Elizabeth Rose Horn, 30, is being held on multiple charges, including first-degree murder, first-degree arson, first-degree trespassing, resisting arrest and violating an ex parte order, according to the jail roster for the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were originally dispatched to home to investigate the violation Saturday afternoon.
On their way to the home, deputies were made aware of the home had been set on fire.
After arriving on scene, deputies arrested the female suspect who was near the home at the time.
Police says the suspect ‘spontaneously admitted’ that she killed someone.
Deputies then looked into her claim and located Scott’s body at the home.
The Stone County Coroner will conduct an autopsy to see how Scott died.
The suspect is on a 24 hour hold for arson and the Sheriff’s Office has submitted charges to the prosecutor.
It’s unknown at this time if investigators plan on filing homicide charges.
If anyone has any information about the suspected homicide, you’re asked to contact the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. The number is 417-357-6116.
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A house fire on Saturday ended with an arrest, and the house being declared a total loss.
Firefighters in southern Stone County got a call about a house on fire in the afternoon, but couldn’t get the necessary water to put it out.
The owner wasn’t home. A caller said a woman nearby the fire was acting suspicious, and Stone County Deputies came out and put her under arrest.
No word of any charges.