2nd suspect charged in house fire that killed Ohio firefighter

William Tucker, the nephew of the homeowner, was indicted by a grand jury on murder and arson charges in the death of Patrick Wolterman


Associated Press

HAMILTON, Ohio — An Ohio prosecutor says a second man has been charged in the death of a firefighter killed inside a home in a blaze authorities say was intentionally set by the owner.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports that Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser says a grand jury indicted 46-year-old William "Billy" Tucker on murder and arson charges in the December 2015 death of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman. Wolterman died when he fell through the first floor of a home in Hamilton.

Firefighter Patrick Wolterman (Photo/Hamilton Fire Department)
Firefighter Patrick Wolterman (Photo/Hamilton Fire Department)

Tucker is the nephew of 66-year-old Lester Parker, who owned the home and was indicted on the same charges last month. Parker has pleaded not guilty. He's being held on a $500,000 bond.

Tucker was arrested Friday in Richmond, Kentucky. The newspaper reports Tucker will have an extradition hearing next week.

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