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Murder, arson charges filed after fatal Joplin house fire


December 11, 2020

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Two women have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man who was trapped inside a burning home in Joplin, police said.

Elizabeth M. Baez, 39, of Joplin, and Tiffany A. Lukasiewicz, 39, of Pittsburg, Kansas, were charged Thursday with second-degree murder, first-degree arson and first-degree domestic assault. They were being held without bond at the Joplin City Jail.

David Crowder, 68, died in the fire Dec. 4. He was trapped inside the single-story house before firefighters pulled him out and he died later at a hospital, the Joplin Globe reported.

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