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CONNERSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, ARSON

(Connersville, IN)--An elderly Connersville man died in a house fire in June, and now a woman who was living with him has been charged with murder and arson.  80-year-old Gerald Strait was found dead in his burned home on Richmond Avenue.  A coroner later ruled that it was a homicide.  An affidavit reveals a gas can was found in a nearby yard and that the fire had started in the bedroom where Strait was found.  Police originally questioned 41-year-old Frankie Nichols.  Now that the investigation is complete, Nichols has been charged with murder and arson.  She was already being held in the Fayette County Jail on a different charge.

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