Woman arrested in deadly trailer home fire
A 19-year-old woman has admitted she set the fire at a trailer home near Harrah that killed her sister and sister's boyfriend on Dec. 28, the FBI reported in a court affidavit.
Desma Valdez was arrested Wednesday after being released from a hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation, a burn and a cut on her arm.
She was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma City federal court with arson because the fire was on Indian trust land and she is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.
The victims have been preliminarily identified as Daisica Nashawn Rice, 20, and Tyler Kaulaity, 22.
She admitted to the FBI she and her sister were at her grandmother's house without permission and were drinking alcohol. She said she and her sister's boyfriend fought and she confronted her sister about it before they all went to sleep.
She said she woke up, started drinking vodka and began getting angry, according to the FBI affidavit. She said she eventually cut her arm, poured gasoline on the bottom of the mattress where the victims were sleeping and screamed at them to get up.
She said she was threatening to kill herself and told them "you can both go down with me." the FBI reported. She said the fire began when Rice grabbed her and she dropped a lighter.
When police arrived, Valdez was on the front porch and told an officer, "I did it. I did it," according to the affidavit.
If found guilty, she faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.