UPDATE:Woman found guilty of murder in fatal house firePosted: Updated:
UPDATE on 3/20: Cynthia McDaniel was found guilty of arson, first-degree murder and endangerment for setting a mobile home on fire and killing one of her roomates.
Three other people in the home escaped the first that happened back on April 13, 2008.
McDaniel's lawyers said she didn't intend to kill but the jury convicted her on Thursday.
Update sent out by Flagstaff Police at 5 p.m.:
One victim of the fire was unable to escape the fire and perished.The deceased has been identified as Sandra Golden, 45.Cynthia McDaniel has been arrested and booked into the Coconino County Jail for first degree homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.The case remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.
Update sent out by Flagstaff Police at 12:25 p.m.:
Cynthia McDaniel was located in Flagstaff at about 12:10 PM.She is being detained by investigators regarding both the aggravated assault and the suspicious fire at 4309 N. Hamblin.
Original press release sent out by Flagstaff Police:
FLAGSTAFF - On Sunday, April 13, 2008, at about 7:30 PM. officers from the Flagstaff Police Department responded to the call of a fight at 4309 N. Hamblin, in east Flagstaff.
Officers were told that Cynthia McDaniel had threatened at least one person with a knife and had fled the scene before police arrived.McDaniel had been allowed to stay at the home by the tenants and had reportedly been arguing with at least one of the tenants.
Later that night the same home was reported afire. Investigators at the scene reported the fire suspicious in nature.The police are now seeking McDaniel for the aggravated assault as well as a person of interest for the fire.