Va. man charged with arson, stalking Westminster woman

January 26, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Virginia man, accused of stalking a woman from state to state and attempting to set fire to her Westminster apartment building Sunday, was held on $20,000 bond yesterday.

Kenneth Rydell Murray, 32, of Charlottesville was charged with attempted first-degree arson, arson by threatening to burn, breaking and entering, and stalking Darlean Goode.

City police said they arrested Mr. Murray after Ms. Goode reported that a man poured a flammable liquid around her apartment building in the first block of Charles St. and attempted to light it Sunday.

Police said she told them that Mr. Murray had followed her from state to state since June, had assaulted her and had destroyed two of her cars.

According to court documents, Ms. Goode said that he threatened to "burn her out" Sunday.

Additional charges against Mr. Murray include trespassing and malicious destruction of property.

He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

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