A Texas teenager accused of setting a man on fire and killing him was arrested Thursday, KPRC-TV reports.
The arrest of 19-year-old Emma Presler comes several weeks after she allegedly entered a man’s house, doused him with liquid and lit him on fire, while injuring another woman in the process.
Authorities allege that on the evening of August 6, Presler entered the home of 33-year-old Devin Graham in Kingwood, Texas, poured an unknown flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.
Another person in the home, 26-year-old Karissa Lindros, was also severely burned.
Witnesses told investigators they saw Presler leave the residence after the incident, according to KTRK-TV, and authorities who responded to the scene found the burn victims outside the residence.
Graham and Lindros were both flown to a hospital, where Graham died, according to KPRC-TV. Lindros is still recovering from her injuries, KTRK-TV reports.
Graham is the father of three children and Lindros is the mother of two children, according to KTRK-TV. The television station also reports that Presler and Lindros knew each other.
As CrimeOnline reported previously, prosecutors earlier this week charged Presler with murder in connection with Graham’s death. However, at the time, authorities had not made an arrest and were still searching for her.That changed Thursday, when police arrested Presler in Waller County, which is northwest of Houston. Kingwood, where the incident occurred, is a community northeast of Houston.
In September 2020, Presler was charged with murder in the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman who was shot through her bedroom window. The charge was later dismissed after a judge ruled the state lacked probable cause to hold Presler because of a lack of evidence. Presler’s boyfriend at the time and several others were later arrested in connection with that shooting, according to KSAT-TV.
Presler has previously faced charges of drug possession, theft, evading arrest and failure to appear in court, according to The Daily Beast. In addition to the pending murder charge for Graham’s death, Presler has an outstanding felony warrant for meth possession, the news outlet reports.
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