2 people arrested in death of elderly woman

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Posted: Feb 12, 2011 3:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: elderly, woman, killed, arrest, arson, fire

ST. ROSE, La.- Two people have been arrested in connection with a fire that killed an 88-year-old St. Rose woman.

The St. Charles Parish sheriff says 32-year-old Toby Beasley, of Hahnville, and Janna Firman, 34, of Picayune, Miss., were jailed in Friday's death of Ophelia Shepard.

Investigators say Shepard - a double amputee - was trapped in a bedroom and unable to escape when her house was set on fire. Her two grandsons were able to escape.

Beasley was booked with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Firmin was booked with being a principle to both crimes. Both are being held without bond.

It could not be determined if they had attorneys.

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