DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) - A man accused of setting a Dripping Springs house on fire last year has now been charged with murder.
Joseph Alan Carnahan, 55, is also charged with arson and two counts of endangering a child in the Dec. 16 fire.
When fire and police officials responded to 31305 Ranch Road 12 for a report of a structure fire, they found Misty Lynn Bedell, 23, dead inside the home.
After an investigation, the Hays County Sheriff's Office detained Carnahan, an acquaintance of Bedell , for endangering a child and first-degree arson. Information provided to authorities showed Carnahan ordered two boys to remove property from the home while it was on fire .
An autopsy performed on Jan. 9, 2013, showed Bedell's death was a homicide and that she died as a result of strangulation.
A Hays County Grand Jury indicted Carnahan with the murder on April 3. A warrant was served on Carnahan on April 11 at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held on prior charges.
He is currently being held on $400,000 bond.
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