Relative Arrested on Murder Charges in Beeville House Fire Investigation

Police have arrested a relative of a woman, who was found dead after a house fire in her home in Beeville, in connection to their investigation of her death.

It turned out that the main suspect police were looking for was already in custody. He had been arrested on drug charges. Now, 24-year old Mark Pillow is facing homicide and arson charges.

Over the weekend, 65-year old Dorothy Pillow was found dead inside her home on the 700 block of North Jefferson in Beeville. Police said that, when they got to the scene, they knew something was suspicious. Authorities sent Pillow's body to the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office, where her death was ruled a homicide.

Witnesses statements led police to believe that Mark Pillow was their suspect. They said that he had been seen at the home earlier on Saturday.

Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino said this has been one of the hardest cases they have ever worked.

"It's a very difficult situation, and unusual for Beeville," Trevino said. "It's very difficult and sensitive."

Officials believe the fire started in Pillow's back bedroom, but the investigation into the blaze is still ongoing. Until that investigation is complete, Mark Pillow will be in jail on a $1.5 million bond.

The family would not talk about the incident, but they did say that they are planning a memorial for Dorothy Pillow next Monday.


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