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Fairfax man sought after W. Va. fire kills woman, 3-year-old

The bodies of a woman and her 3-year-old son have been found in a burned home in Berkeley County and authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Fairrfax County man.

The badly burned bodies were found inside the home near Gerrardstown on Sunday morning, said Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster. Their identities were withheld pending the results of autopsies.

The bodies have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office in Charleston. A spokesman for the medical examiner didn't immediately return a message Monday.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set. Lemaster said it's unclear whether the fire was set before or after the victims died.

A warrant charges 34-year-old Antonio Prophet with two counts of murder, Lemaster said.

Prophet is believed to be from the Lorton area and had been dating the 22-year-old woman for about two weeks when the fire occurred, said sheriff's Lt. Gary Harmison.

Prophet's business card obtained by police indicated he is the author of a paperback, “Enter The Fire: Seven Days in the Life.” A summary about the book posted on Amazon.com says its main character is involved in drug wars and killings.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 7, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Homicide  
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