Holmes County Fire Suit Verdict

Shirley Beagell died in a Bonifay house fire in May, 2002. This week, a Holmes County jury heard testimony in a civil trial filed against the dead woman's husband, Edward Beagell.

The suit was filed by the estate of Shirley Beagell and asked for damages for each of her three daughters.

The fire was investigated by the Florida fire marshal's office, but no criminal charges were ever filed in the case.

Edward Beagell said he was at a grocery store when the fire started and his wife was cooking dinner at the time.

After several days of testimony, the jury unanimously agreed that the husband did not unlawfully and intentionally kill his wife.

The plaintiffs' have the right to file an appeal of the jury decision in the case.


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