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Posted on: December 15, 2017

12/15/2017 - Bexar County Grand Jury Indicts Man Who Set Fire that Killed Firefighter


San Antonio, Texas, December 15, 2017:  Tuesday, a Bexar County Grand Jury returned five indictments against Emond Johnson, age 39, for the charges of Felony Murder, Arson resulting in Death, two charges of Arson and Bodily Injury, and Arson-Building.

 

On May 18, 2017, a fire at the Ingram Square Center caused the death of San Antonio Firefighter Scott Deem, caused serious injuries to Firefighter Brad Phipps, and injured Firefighter Robert Vasquez as well caused serious damage to the building structures themselves.

 

San Antonio Arson, San Antonio Police Department, Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, ATF, and the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office have worked tirelessly together since day one to determine the cause of the fire, and whether or not it was a result of a tragic accident, natural cause or the result of a criminal act. After eliminating any natural or accidental cause of the fire, investigators determined that this fire was intentionally set.

 

Felony Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Arson resulting in Death is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Arson and Bodily Injury is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Arson-Building is a second degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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