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Kenneth Evans faces murder, arson charges in fire investigation

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A man has been arrested on murder and arson charges in connection with a May fire in Salisbury, according to court documents.

The Hebron Volunteer Fire Department, Salisbury Fire Department and other surrounding departments responded to a house fire in the 28500 block of Glastonbury Drive in Salisbury just before 7 a.m. May 21.

After getting the blaze under control, firefighters discovered the body of a female victim when they entered the home. The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police Homicide Unit stepped in to investigate.

Court records dated May 27 show 43-year-old Kenneth Glenn Evans faces the following charges in connection with the May 21 fire:

  • First- and second-degree murder.
  • Manslaughter.
  • First- and second-degree assault.
  • Two counts of reckless endangerment.
  • First- and second-degree arson.
  • Theft between $100 and $1,500.
  • Fourth-degree burglary.
  • Possession of a controlled dangerous substance – not marijuana.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Homicide Unit summoned

The 911 call reporting the house fire was made at about 6:46 a.m., according to court documents. First responders found the home’s back door open and once the fire was suppressed, found the victim’s body lying next to the bed in the master bedroom.

State fire marshals were called to investigate and noticed there was a “wire cable” wrapped around the victim’s neck, court records state. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was summoned to take the lead on the investigation.

The body “was heavily burned,” and as of the May 27 filing of the charging documents, the victim had not been identified because of the extent of those burns.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service