A Marble City man will now face a murder charge after one of his victims died at a Tulsa hospital Thursday.
Sequoyah County Undersheriff Greg Cox said Joseph Allen Hernandez, 31, of Marble City, was released from a Tulsa hospital Thursday after he was treated for burn injuries. He was arrested on criminal felony first-degree arson and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges.
Cox said those charges against Hernandez will be upgraded to first-degree murder after one of the burn victims died Thursday.
Hernandez is accused of allegedly pouring gasoline on a 62-year-old female relative of his, along with a 79-year-old female relative who is wheelchair-bound, and setting them on fire.
Cox said the 62-year-old died from her injuries. The 79-year-old remains hospitalized.
Hernandez was just released from prison last week on another assault and battery with a dangerous or deadly weapon conviction.
Deputies were transporting Hernandez to the Sequoyah County jail.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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