Frank Wicker Rd Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Arson

On 09/13/2010 at approximately 11:30 hrs. Deputies responded to 935 Frank Wicker Rd. in reference to arson. Donna Earp Strickland reported to deputies her and her boyfriend, Martin Fernandez (47) H/M of 935 Frank Wicker Rd. had gotten into an argument over money. Strickland reported Fernandez had been doing drugs and she refused to give him any money, when she refused to give him money he made threats and she left the home and went next door to stay the night. Strickland reported at approximately 10:10 PM Fernandez came next door, where she was, yelling that if she didn’t come out of the house “he was going to show her what he was about”. Soon after, Rex Allen Norris, of 935 Frank Wicker Rd., who was asleep in the house began to smell smoke and got up and saw several small fires in Strickland’s bedroom. Norris, attempted, unsuccessfully, to extinguish the fire and fled the home. Fernandez was located at 6932 Lemon Springs Rd. and found w/ burns on his body and smelling of gasoline. Fernandez was arrested for 1st degree Arson and Attempted 1st Deg. Murder; he was held under $900,000 secured bond.

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