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Man charged with domestic battery, subsequent arson

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A man has been arrested in connection with a domestic dispute and a subsequent fire which occurred last Friday night.

Marshall Dwayne Adkins, 42, of Huntington was charged with felony arson and misdemeanor domestic assault following an investigation by Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry and Huntington Fire Cpt. Steve Ellis.

Adkins was incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail on Saturday for the domestic assault charge, and he remained incarcerated when the arson charge was filed Wednesday, Sperry said.

The arson charge came after Sperry and Ellis returned to the scene of the incident in the 1200 block of 28th Street earlier this week.

Sperry said they were able to determine Adkins intentionally started the fire with clothes, paper and other flammable items in a rear bedroom of the home he shared with his family just before 9 p.m. Friday.

Huntington Police officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the residence, and when they arrived on the scene, they discovered smoke coming from the home and alerted emergency responders.

According to dispatcher reports, the fire was fully involved when the firefighters arrived on the scene.

Adkins' bond was set at $15,000.