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Man accused of setting fire to Elkridge motel indicted by grand jury

A man accused of setting the Dec. 26 fire that damaged the White Elk Motel in Elkridge was indicted Jan. 18 by a Howard County Grand Jury.

Barry Lee Murphy, 48, of the 7900 block of Lansdale Road in Baltimore, is facing one count each of first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, making an arson threat and first-degree malicious burning, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

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Police believe the blaze started because of a domestic dispute. A motel employee told officers that Murphy had been banned from the property but had gone to a second-floor room where a female acquaintance of his had been staying, police said.

More than 60 firefighters needed about 15 minutes to bring the flames under control. There were no injuries.

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Police believe Murphy had assaulted the woman earlier that day and had gone to her room to take some of her items before setting the fire and leaving. Nobody else was in the room at the time.

Also indicted were a Columbia man accused of attempted murder and a Columbia teen who allegedly robbed a pizza delivery driver.

Anthony Dwayne Bratcher, 44, of the 10000 block of Twin Rivers Road, is facing one count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault for what Kirwan described as charges arising from an incident of domestic violence.

Lajuane A. Green, 19, of the 11000 block of Slalom Lane, is facing one count each of armed robbery, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for the alleged holdup of a Papa John's driver in Harper's Choice.

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