Suspect charged with murder, arson in Mill St. house fire

Fire at home on Mill St. in Augusta 5/11/18 (source: Michael Meyers, Augusta-Richmond County EMA)
Fire at home on Mill St. in Augusta 5/11/18 (source: Michael Meyers, Augusta-Richmond County EMA)
Crews at Mill St. house fire 5/11/18 (source: Michael Meyers, Augusta-Richmond County EMA)
Crews at Mill St. house fire 5/11/18 (source: Michael Meyers, Augusta-Richmond County EMA)
Mill St. house fire 5/11/18 (WFXG)
Mill St. house fire 5/11/18 (WFXG)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - UPDATE: The house fire on Mill St. that claimed the life of Walter Benning has been ruled arson.

Investigators learned that on the day of the fire, twenty-three-year-old Letisha McClain was arguing with the then-living Walter Benning and his three brothers, all of whom lived in the home. She reportedly told them she was going to kill everyone in the house. Investigators determined that she set her bed on fire, causing the house to go up.

McClain is charged with murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and first-degree arson.

A man is dead after an early morning house fire in Augusta.

Fire crews were called to a home in the 1600 block of Mill Street at 2:25 a.m. Friday morning. The Richmond County coroner says the victim is sixty-six-year-old Walter Benning. He was identified by his fingerprints.

Michael Meyers with Augusta-Richmond County EMA says this is now a criminal investigation.

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