Sequoyah County Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder, Arson

A Marble City man was arrested after a body was found inside a burned home Saturday (April 5), according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

Arty Farris faces one count of murder, two counts of first-degree arson and one count of arson that causes injury and endangerment of emergency personnel, Lockhart said.

According to Lockhart, no personnel were injured in the fire, but the charge is always given when arson is involved due to the risk emergency personnel face.

Lockhart said the body of the man found in the home has been sent to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death and positive identification.

The fire started at 6 a.m. Saturday at a home off Main Street, officials said.

The Marble City Fire Chief said when crews arrived on scene the house was engulfed in flames and had already began to cave in.

He said they knew someone was inside but they could not get inside the house to save the person.

Evidence collected at the scene led investigators to suspect foul play, according to Lockhart.

“During the interview with Mr. Farris, there was no indication when we first interviewed him that he even went back into the house; so that was one of the pieces of the puzzle that we couldn’t get added up there, because he’s got burns but he said he didn’t go in the house,” said Lockhart.

The sheriff said the victim and Farris knew each other.

He said at the time of the fire four people including Farris were inside the home and everyone escaped the fire except the deceased.

Farris is being held in the Sequoyah County Detention Center without bond, officials said.

Lockhart said his arraignment was set for Wednesday.

The Marble City Police Department, Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the incident.

10 comments

  • Regina

    I have known this young man all his life and don’t believe for one second he would do this !!! Don’t judge him before you have 100 percent proof makes me sick and I am sorry for the family who lost a loved one but I known this young man and family well and don’t believe this for one second …. Could he not have gotten the burns getting out of the house ???? Answer that one !!!!

  • Friend

    I do feel for the family who lost a loved one my heart goes out too them !!!! But no one is guilty until proven guilty rite ??? Or is that not so in this county explain too me because he has burns how that this falls into his hands I want someone too explain why having burns makes him guilty from what I have heard others had burns also ??? Couldn’t he have gotten burns coming out of the house ???

  • a volunteer

    Fact: he was arrested and charged after giving a confession during interview with investigator.

    • NotGivingMyName

      I would confess to it too if they kept me in a little room accusing me of it with no access to food and very little water. They basically mentally tortured him. The invesigators just torture your mind until you confess. Many people have plead guilty to crimes they never commited. Arty didnt do it, i’ve known him nearly my entire life and know he wouldnt do this.

  • friend

    volunteer , How would you know this its not been on the news that he confessed ???? I do not and will not believe that that young man is in anyway a murderer and how would you know this information and it not on the news ??? I believe our justice system is innocent until proven guilty ???? And anyone who knows this young man does not believe he would do this !!!!!!!!!!

  • friend

    Would love to know where you get your Fact ??? Because anyone you talk to who knows him don’t believe he is guilty of this as I said my heart does go out to the family who lost a loved one but where and how do you know the Fact ??

  • Closed eyes should have closed mouths!

    Lol yall crack me up! He has been charged! NOT CONVICTED! The autopsy has not came back! Nor has the investigation from the fire marshall! There is still no FINAL evidence! Also to those of you that ASSUME…. I truly hope you never have anything horrific happen to you and have fingers pointed… God’s judgement is the only one that counts! So just remember, Until the facts come forward and not just loose lip syndrome, you dont know Jack!

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