Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Man charged in house fire that killed 2

Dallas Morning News, The (TX) (Published as DALLAS MORNING NEWS) - APRIL 10, 1991
BROWNSBORO, Texas -- A Henderson County man was charged with murder Tuesday in connection with the firebombing deaths of two Edom residents.

Deral M. Couey, 30, of Brownsboro remains in the Henderson County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bail, and authorities said the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department was questioning a second suspect in the case.

Capt. Rock Ellis of the Van Zandt Sheriff's Department said Mr. Couey is charged in the deaths of Mary Ray, 54, and her son Mickey Ray, 28, who died in a house fire caused by a combustible bomb Sunday about midnight.

Two of Mr. Ray's children, his ex-wife and a man who was visiting the family were able to escape the house, about two miles east of Edom. Capt. Ellis said the incident was the result of a feud between Mr. Couey and Mr. Ray. Capt. Ellis said charges of arson and attempted murder are expected to be filed against Mr. Couey, who was arrested Monday at his home. Brownsboro is about 20 miles southwest of Tyler. -

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