Fire investigators arrest a third suspect in deadly Gonzales arson

Fire investigators arrest a third suspect in deadly Gonzales arson

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Fire investigators said a third person has been arrested in connection with a deadly fire believed to have been intentionally set.

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal reported Joel Morrison, 69, of Marrero, is accused of being involved with a fire on Tom Miles Road in Gonzales on August 14, 2015 that left Larry Morrison dead and another person seriously hurt. Officials said Morrison was arrested by investigators with the fire marshal's office.

David McLaughlin, 44, of Gonzales, and Frankie Morrison, 66, of Marrero, were the other two people arrested as part of the investigation. They were arrested on Dec. 1, 2015. According to reports, the victim was Frankie Morrison's grandson and Joel Morrison is Frankie Morrison's brother.

Authorities said McLaughlin owned the home that burned. Investigators said they believe the fire was set to collect insurance money.

Joel Morrison was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated arson and arson with intent to defraud. McLaughlin and Frankie Morrison face the same charges.

Reports indicate Joel Morrison and Frankie Morrison were both on parole at the time of the fire and are being held without bond.

It was also noted that Frankie Morrison spent 19 years in Angola and had just been released on June 20, 2015.

Investigators believe a fourth person was possibly involved in the arson. They have not identified the suspect.

The investigation is ongoing.

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