Grandson now charged with capital murder in arson that killed grandmother

Cedric McGill Jr. , 26, is now charged with capital murder in a case of arson that killed his grandmother, Bertha McGill, 68, according to Capt. Garrett Foster with the Jasper Police Department.

Firefighters rescued the woman from her burning home June 4 in Jasper. She died June 15 in a Galveston hospital.

Cedric McGill's bond is now $1 million dollars.

Jasper Police said firefighters noticed the fire in the 200 block of Othello Street appeared to have been intentionally set and they immediately smelled gasoline. While they were dealing with that, Lieutenant Foster said the grandson stole a neighbor’s vehicle and drove away from the fire scene.

He was found and arrested a short time later and was initially charged with arson causing bodily injury or death and also unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office is waiting for test results to come back from a laboratory to determine what type of accelerant was used in the fire.

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