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Bay County Man Arrested on Arson and Murder Charges

7/31/2006

CONTACT:      
Lt. Les Nelson
(850) 747-5888
                                                                                                             
PANAMA CITY – A Bay County man was arrested Friday night on charges of second degree arson for setting his truck on fire.  Clint Stagg, 32, has also been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Tanya Farmer in relation to this case.  The arrest is the result of the collaborative efforts of the State Fire Marshal, the Bay County Sheriff's office, the Springfield Police Department, the State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 
Detective Chris Welch was the agent for the State Fire Marshal's office on this case.
 
"I applaud the investigators who were able to work quickly to put this man behind bars," said State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher.
 
Stagg admitted he was out Monday with Farmer buying and smoking "crack" cocaine.  An argument ensued, and Stagg beat Farmer to death with a blunt instrument.  Stagg then carried Farmer's body in his truck before deciding to bury her in a shallow grave 20 yards off the road on Highway 388, two miles West of Highway 231.  To destroy the evidence, Stagg then set his truck on fire.
 
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, 2683 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405