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Sorrento man arrested after spouse discovered strangled in house blaze

Sorrento man arrested after spouse discovered strangled in house blaze

Deputies in Lake County arrested a 47-year-old Sorrento man on a second-degree murder charge, after his wife was found strangled inside their burning home Wednesday afternoon, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Lake County firefighters were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to a house fire on Vine Street near State Road 46. Inside the home, they found the body of Lizeth Mendivil-Valdez, 34. According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal investigators found evidence of accelerants in the home and also on Mendivil-Valdez's shoes. They ruled the fire "consistent with arson." An autopsy later revealed that strangulation, not fire, was...

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