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Bail is denied for suspect in deadly Oklahoma City house fire

Tristan Owen, 15, arrested on complaints of murder and arson in a deadly Oklahoma City house fire, made his first appearance before a judge Friday.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: July 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm •  Published: July 15, 2011

A suspect in a deadly Oklahoma City fire was told Friday that bail has been denied.

Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, stood in orange jail clothes with his hands by his side in a video arraignment that lasted less than a minute. It was his first appearance before a judge.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall informed Owen that he was being held on murder and arson complaints. The judge told him bail is denied.

The judge said the district attorney will look over police reports and then file a charge. The judge said it will take the district attorney “about a week or so” to get the charge filed.

“We're going to have an attorney for you at a later hearing,” the judge said.

Owen is accused of intentionally setting a fire Wednesday morning outside an older couple's house. Boyd Haynes, 87, and his wife, Doris Haynes, 86, died from smoke inhalation.

Owen lived nearby with his grandfather.

Owen spoke only once at the video arraignment, saying his first and last name. He was arrested Wednesday.

He denied to police that he set the fire at the couple's home, but he admitted to playing with Molotov cocktails in the neighborhood, according to a court affidavit.

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