Monday, April 7, 2014

Marble City Man Faces Murder, Arson Charges

Arty Allen Farris 
A 19-year-old Marble City man remains in the Sequoyah County jail where he was booked late Saturday on a murder charge, two counts of arson and endangering emergency personnel. Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Arty Allen Farris was arrested late Saturday after his story about a fire at his home was suspicious. The body of an unidentified victim was found in the home, and a female found outside the burning house was transported to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa where she is being treated for burns. It was reported that four people lived in the house. Lockhart said foul play is suspected, but details will not be released until investigators receive the medical examiner's report. The case is being investigated by the sheriff's office, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents and the State Fire Marshal's Office. The Marble City Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at about 6:10 a.m.Saturday to the fire, and reported they were told a person was still in the home, but the structure was engulfed by that time and they could not reach the victim. The body was found after the blaze was extinguished and sent to the medical examiner.

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By Sally Maxwell
KXMX News Director

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