Mark Pillow is suspected of being involved in the killing of 65-year-old Dorothy Pillow and burning of her home. The victim’s body was discovered Saturday afternoon after members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire inside her home at 708 N. Jefferson St.
Investigators with the Beeville Police Department have not yet said what the suspect’s relationship is to the victim.
According to Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia, the 24-year-old suspect was arrested following an autopsy of the victim Monday.
The autopsy was performed at the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office in Corpus Christi.
Local firefighters were called to the scene at 4:16 p.m. Saturday.
According to deputies at the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, the man had been arrested for possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone on May 5, the day after the woman’s body was discovered.
Bonds set by Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga were $1.5 million on the murder charge, $1.5 million on the arson charge and $2,000 on drug possession charge.
Investigators with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to Beeville shortly after the body was discovered to determine where and how the fire started.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.