BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - Two people have been arrested in connection with a house fire that resulted in the death of a child.
Karrina Johnson, 8, died in the blaze at 17 Young Street in Battle Creek on Nov. 29, 2012.
Jesse Tatum, 25, is accused of going to the residence and using an accelerant to ignite it. He had been involved in an earlier incident with the victim's mother at a residence on Echo Street, police said.
Tatum was arraigned Wednesday on one count of felony murder. Bond was denied. He is expected back in court July 31 for a preliminary hearing.
Michael Roberson, 27, allegedly transported Tatum to and from the crime scene. He was arraigned Wednesday on one count of accessory after the fact of a felony. Bond was set at $10,000.
In January, Tatum pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and was sentenced to 40 days in jack. He had been arrested the day of the fire that killed Johnson.
He previously pleaded guilty twice in 2011 for operating with license suspended/revoked/denied. In 2008, he was bound over to trial on charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer and making a false report of a felony, but no conviction information was readily available Wednesday. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to attempted carrying a concealed weapon.
Thirty-three-year-old Ronald T. Smith II was grew up in Warren.
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Two other people, who were inside the residence at the time, escaped safely.