Volume 1 Number 34
August 23, 2004










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OKALOOSA COUNTY COUPLE CHARGED IN FIRE DEATH

An Okaloosa County couple was arrested Monday evening in Dumas, Texas, on charges relating to a mobile home arson that occurred on May 2, 2004, at 148 Barks Drive, Lot 7, in Ft. Walton Beach. One occupant, Loretta Stanley, died in the fire. 

Felicia Kennedy, 46, and her husband Gary Kennedy, 40, also of 148 Barks Drive, Lot 7, are charged with arson, manslaughter and two counts of attempted felony murder. Detectives from the Sedgwick County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office, the Dumas Police Department, and the Texas Rangers assisted in the apprehension of the Kennedys.  The Kennedys will be extradited to Okaloosa County to stand trial.

Detectives said the Kennedys intentionally set fire to the interior of the mobile home while Stanley and a man slept inside.  The man escaped with injuries, but Stanley collapsed in the bedroom and was unable to escape. Damage to the mobile home is estimated at $15,000. 

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON). Information may also be mailed to The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, 105A Lewis Street, Suite 103, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, 32547.