A judge in Texarkana, AR, has denied bail for the suspect in a double murder.
The victims, who now have been positively identified as Carole Ellingburg, 61, and her son Jamie, 20, were found around 5:00 a. m. Sunday inside their burned home in the 1900 block of Pecan Street. Evidence later showed they were murdered before the house was set on fire.
Around the same time as the house fire, another fire crew discovered a vehicle in flames in the 2200 block of Magnolia Street. Investigators traced the car to the Ellingburgs.
Texarkana police later arrested Brandon Stringer, 26, an apparent acquaintance of Jamie Ellingburg. He has been charged with two counts of capital murder, although prosecutors say more charges are possible. Police have not revealed a motive for the killings.
As Stringer was being transported to the county jail Monday, he spoke exclusively to KSLA News 12 and denied any involvement in the murders.
"I didn't do it, man. I didn't kill my best friend, man," Stringer told videojournalist Fred Gamble. "I wouldn't kill my best friend, man. My best friend." When asked by Gamble what he thought had happened, Stringer said he didn't know.
Police would also like to know more about what happened. They ask anyone with information to contact the Texarkana Police Department at (903) 798-3181.