October 27, 2020

Home set on fire belonged to man accused of killing teen

Authorities in Mississippi say arson may be to blame for the fire at the vacant Jackson home of a man accused of killing a middle schooler.

Jackson Fire Department Division Chief Cleotha Sanders told news outlets that investigators believe the home of 41-year-old Stacy Lidell was intentionally set on fire Monday.

Lidell is charged with murder in the Easter death of 14-year-old Rodrick Johnson.

City police say Lidell’s home was robbed moments before he fired a gun around several children in his neighborhood and fatally wounded Johnson.

Police say Lidell surrendered to officers that night after a brief standoff.

Police say Lidell and Johnson didn’t know each other.

Lidell is being held without bond. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.