New Orleans man indicted on arson, murder in mother's death

March 23, 2019 - 1:16 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of killing his mother in a fire at their New Orleans home has been indicted on murder and arson charges.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Erik Beasley was charged in the November death of 78-year-old Sarah Beasley.

An arrest warrant says surveillance footage from a gas station about a half-mile from the home showed Beasley refilling a one-gallon water jug with fuel. Firefighters found his mother dead with burns inside their apartment about a half hour later. She died of smoke inhalation.

Detectives started focusing on Beasley when they couldn't find signs of forced entry into the home.

DA's spokesman Ken Daley says Beasley is receiving treatment at a psychiatric unit. 

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