Baltimore County police have charged a 45-year-old man with murder in an arson fire early this month in his Parkville apartment that killed a woman in a second-floor unit above.
Paul K. McInturff, of the 2500 block of Wentworth Road, was arrested yesterday at police headquarters in Towson after he appeared there voluntarily for questioning by county fire and police arson investigators.
Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said Mr. McInturff was held without bail pending a bail review tomorrow. Arson charges are pending.
Kathleen Marie McCoy, 33, a Baltimore County government worker who lived above Mr. McInturff's first-floor apartment, died of smoke inhalation after being trapped in her home during the early morning fire Aug. 4. A neighbor tried to save her with a ladder, but the woman was too large to climb out the window, witnesses said.
Mr. Miller said fire department arson investigators concluded the blaze began on the floor in Mr. McInturff's apartment, and he said there were several inconsistencies in the man's account of the fire, compared with the physical evidence.
Four other residents were forced from their apartments in the fire, and three were treated for smoke inhalation at area hospitals and released.
Among them was Dorothy Holmes, 36, and her 14-month-old son John, who escaped by climbing down the ladder from their own second-floor unit.