Dog nabs Clay County arson, murder suspect

12:44 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
Michael Johns Hicks, 27
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. - A Clay County Fire Marshall K-9 helped nab a murder and arson suspect Monday morning.

Michael John Hicks was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted felony murder, after allegedly setting an occupied house on fire.

Hicks allegedly got into a verbal dispute with the residents of the home on the 200 block of Blanding Blvd. and was asked to leave, according to a police report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The report also stated that Hicks allegedly returned later that evening, broke a screen door and left an indentation on the front door.

Later that evening, the residents smelled smoke coming from the back of the house, the report detailed. Luckily the residents were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire before extensive damage to the dwelling could be done.

When the CCSO arrived on the scene, Hicks provided a written statement of his alleged involvement with the fire, claiming he assisted with extinguishing of the blaze.

Hicks allegedly had injuries consistent with starting a fire, not trying to extinguish a fire according to the report.

State Fire Marshall K-9 "Molly" allegedly got a hit on the defendant for an unknown accelerant, according to the report. The report also stated that the K-9 confirmed an accelerant at the source of the fire as well.

Hicks is currently in the Clay County Jail facing six counts of attempted felony murder and being held without bond.

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