Teenager held in fatal firebombing of Oklahoma City couple's house

A man and a woman who were well known in their neighborhood died in an arson fire Wednesday. They have been identified as Boyd and Doris Haynes. A neighborhood teenager has been arrested.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY and TIFFANY GIBSON Staff Writers Modified: July 14, 2011 at 5:22 am •  Published: July 13, 2011

A teenager was being held Wednesday on murder and arson complaints after the deaths of an Oklahoma City couple whose home was firebombed.

Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the deaths of Boyd Haynes, 87, and Doris Haynes, 86. Owen, a neighbor of the Hayneses, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.

The motive was unclear.

Oklahoma City police Capt. Patrick Stewart said there are no other suspects in the case. Police questioned two other people but released them, Stewart said.

Oklahoma City Fire Department Deputy Chief Kellie Sawyers said when firefighters arrived at 7608 S Miller Ave. after 4 a.m. Wednesday, the garage area of the house was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found two bodies inside. Sawyers would not say where in the house the bodies were.

Neighbor Keven Davis, 26, said he returned home from work shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday and noticed a teenager walking down the street before the house erupted in flames.

He and another neighbor tried to get to the house, but the thick smoke and heat prevented them from getting close, Davis said. Soon the house was engulfed, he said.

Police and fire investigators collected glass from a Molotov cocktail at the scene, Stewart said.

A man who identified himself as Owen's grandfather was reached by phone Wednesday but declined to comment.

On his MySpace page, Owen makes several references to smoking marijuana and says he once was arrested for smoking the drug. He also talks about breaking up with a girl, getting into fistfights with people and enrolling at U.S. Grant High School in October.


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