4-year-old dies in apartment blaze, Memphis man charged - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

4-year-old dies in apartment blaze, Memphis man charged

Sherwin Short in court for an arraignment and charged with first degree murder in perpetration of aggravated arson.

He accused of purposefully setting a Saturday morning fire. 4-year-old Jacque'ze Johnson died in that fire.

The Action News 5 Investigators picked up a copy of the Affadavit of Complaint against Sherwin Short.

According to the paperwork, Short was developed as a suspect, then positively identified in a photo line-up by witnesses.

During a police interview, Short indicated that he was in a disturbance with his girlfriend.

He acknowledged that he was smoking a large blunt, a marijuana cigar, and that in the disturbance with his girlfriend he lost track of the lit cigar.

But according to Memphis Fire Investigators, the fire was itentionally set. The child's death is ruled "a homicide due to asphyxia due to smoke inhalation."

Otherwise, fire officials keep tight-lipped. "We don't want to do anything or come to some conclusion prematurely without looking at all the evidence," says Lt. Keith Staples with Memphis Police Department.

It's a fire leaving one boy dead and one man behind bars.


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