OGDEN — An Ogden woman is now facing a murder charge after Weber County prosecutors filed new charges against her in connection to a fire at an apartment complex that killed a man in 2018.
Amended charges were filed May 7 against Kristilynn Thompson, 57, who now faces a first-degree felony murder charge in addition to an aggravated arson offense, also a first-degree felony. Thompson is also charged with a class B misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
Thompson was arrested on May 1, 2018, shortly after fire crews were dispatched to an apartment complex at 2638 Adams Ave. in Ogden. When they arrived, they found an apartment was “consumed in flames” and later found that a man was inside the apartment, according to charging documents.
Dennis Singleton, 66, was taken to a hospital in critical condition after rescue workers removed him from the apartment. Singleton later died in a Murray hospital when he was taken off life support on May 4, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.
Charging documents allege that Thompson was outside of the apartment and allegedly told police she set the fire.
“Witnesses reported that Kristilynn made statements while they were trying to fight the fire such as ‘there is a pedophile in there’ and ‘let him burn,’” charging documents say.
During an interview at the Ogden Police Department, Thompson allegedly told police that Singleton had locked her out of the apartment, which led to her allegedly kicking out a window to the apartment and setting a blanket on fire. The blanket then lit a couch on fire, which would later lead to flames engulfing the apartment.
An investigation by an Ogden Fire Department marshal determined Thompson’s account of what happened is consistent with evidence found at the scene of the fire, according to charging documents.
An autopsy revealed that Singleton died from “complications of smoke and soot inhalation,” according to charging documents.
As of Tuesday, Thompson is being held at the Utah State Hospital, and she has been in their care since June of last year.
Thompson’s next court hearing is scheduled as a review of her restoration status. The hearing is scheduled to take place on June 6 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.