ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida say police have made an arrest in connection with the death of four people in Ocala, found by firefighters in a burning home.
James Edward Bannister, 31, is in custody facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Thursday.
The bodies of a 9-year-old CorDarrian Hill, his 7-year-old sister CorDerica Hill, 27-year-old Jocalyn Gray and another woman, thought to be 52-year-old Bridget Gray, were discovered in the burning home last week, officials said.
Each of the victims had been shot at least once, the medical examiner’s office said.
The two children reportedly lived with their stepgrandmother, the Sentinel said.
Their father Willie Hill, 46, is currently in jail on changes that include domestic battery, while their mother died of a heart attack in 2007, the newspaper said.