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Mentally ill man charged with murder, arson in Valrico fire


Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Hillsborough County deputies say a mentally ill man has been charged with murder and arson in a fatal fire at a Valrico mobile home park this morning.

Deputies, responding to a mentally ill man near 133 Oakhill View Drive, found Frank Stanley Chapman Jr., 42, with a hammer, asking to be taken to a mental health center.

Upon arrival, deputies say they found the trailer on fire, and discovered an adult body during their search after the fire was extinguished. The victim was identified as Archie Ennis Carr, 72, of that address.

Deputies say Chapman, also of 133 Oakhill, was taken into custody and questioned after making utterances about setting the trailer on fire.

Chapman was charged with felony murder and first-degree arson. He is being held at Hillsborough County Jail and was denied bond on the murder charge.

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