EDIE: WE GO NOW TO BREAKING NEWS , NEW CHARGES TONIGHT IN SOLANO COUNTY IN A WILDFIRE THAT LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD LAST YEAR. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FIRE WAS SET BY AN ARSONIST. IT STARTED BACK ON AUGUST 18. IT EVENTUALLY MERGED WITH OTHER FIRES AND BECAME PART OF THE L NEW COMPLEX FIRE. AFTER AN EIGHT MONTH INVESTIGATION, THEY DETERMINED IT WAS STARTED TO COVER UP ANOTHER CRIME. >> LAST SEPTEMBER OUR OFFICE FILED A COMPLAI CHARGING HIM WITH ONE COUNT OF MURDER. THE COMPLAINT, WHICH IS NOT EVIDENCE, ALLEGES THAT THE DEFENDANT MURDERED CASTRO ON AUGUST 16 OF 2020. THE BODY WAS LATER RECOVERED AT THE ORIGIN. TODAY, AFTER A COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION THE DEFENDANT WAS BOOKED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES AND WE FILED A MOTION TO ADD THE SPECIFIC CHARGES. COUNT TWO, ARSON, ENHANCEMENT FOR BURNING SEVERAL STRUCTURES IN VIOLATION O — COMMITTING ARSON DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, MURDER FOR THE DEATH OF LEON BONE. MURDER IN VIOLATION OF PENAL CODE SECTION 187 FOR THE D

2020 Solano County fire where 2 found dead was cover-up for murder, officials say

Updated: 9:49 PM PDT Apr 28, 2021

A 2020 wildfire in Solano County where two people were found dead was deemed as arson and a cover-up for murder, investigators said Wednesday during a briefing. That suspect is now in custody.”The source of the 2020 Markley fire was arson and the two resulting deaths from that fire are now considered homicides,” said Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrara. “Two fire victims were discovered deceased in their homes as a result of that fire. Eighty-two-year-old Douglas Mai, and 64-year-old Leon Bone.”The Markley Fire, which sparked August 18, eventually merged with other fires nearby, became part of the LNU Complex Fire. The series of fires burned more than 363,000 acres across five counties: Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano and Yolo. Nearly 1,500 structures were also destroyed during the fire.A total of five people died from the overall complex, but two of them died from the Markley Fire, in which an eight-month investigation determined the fire was started to cover up another crime.The following month in September, the Solano County District Attorney’s filed a felony complaint charging a Vacaville resident with one count of murder. It alleges that the suspect murdered a woman — whose body was later recovered from the origin of the fire — August 16.That suspect is now facing arson and murder-related charges and will be arraigned Friday.

SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. — A 2020 wildfire in Solano County where two people were found dead was deemed as arson and a cover-up for murder, investigators said Wednesday during a briefing. That suspect is now in custody.”The source of the 2020 Markley fire was arson and the two resulting deaths from that fire are now considered homicides,” said Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrara. “Two fire victims were discovered deceased in their homes as a result of that fire. Eighty-two-year-old Douglas Mai, and 64-year-old Leon Bone.”
The Markley Fire, which sparked August 18, eventually merged with other fires nearby, became part of the LNU Complex Fire. The series of fires burned more than 363,000 acres across five counties: Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano and Yolo. Nearly 1,500 structures were also destroyed during the fire.A total of five people died from the overall complex, but two of them died from the Markley Fire, in which an eight-month investigation determined the fire was started to cover up another crime.The following month in September, the Solano County District Attorney’s filed a felony complaint charging a Vacaville resident with one count of murder. It alleges that the suspect murdered a woman — whose body was later recovered from the origin of the fire — August 16.

That suspect is now facing arson and murder-related charges and will be arraigned Friday.