Nash County woman charged with murder, arson after man dies in house fire

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Alayna Sherrod

A Bailey woman faces murder and arson charges after deputies say she set a mobile home on fire in Nash County on Tuesday, killing a man inside the home.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Ferrells Fire Department, and Nash County Emergency Services Fire Marshal all responded to a suspicious fire call on Strickland Road in Bailey.

The call came in before 9:30 a.m.

A search warrant was secured at executed at the address to determine the cause of the fire.

As the mobile home was searched, the body of an adult male was found in a bedroom, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man has been identified as Marcelino Ponce-Gonzales, 59.

Following an investigation, the sheriff’s office met with the assistant district attorney and decided to pursue first-degree murder and first-degree arson charges against 32-year-old Alayna Renee Sherrod.

Sherrod is being held in jail without bond. Her first court appearance is set for Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said no motive has been identified as of yet.

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A body has been found during the investigation of a suspicious house fire in Nash County, deputies said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Ferrells Fire Department, and the Nash County Emergency Services Fire Marshal responded to a suspicious fire on 7515 Strickland Road in Bailey on Tuesday.

A search warrant was prepared and served in order to search the residence and determine the root cause of the fire.

Upon searching the severely damaged mobile home, a body was located in one of the bedrooms, deputies said.

The body is believed to be of an adult male.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded along with a K-9 specializing in fire investigations.

The body was removed and arrangements are being made to transport the body to the medical examiner’s office in Greenville.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is still pending the results of the autopsy.

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Authorities in Nash County are investigating the cause of a suspicious house fire that happened Tuesday in Bailey.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies, the Ferrells Fire Department, and Nash County Emergency Services Fire Marshal are currently investigating the cause of a suspicious fire at a home in the 7500 block of Strickland Road.

Investigators are preparing a warrant to search the residence and determine the root cause of the fire.

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