Arrest made in death of bride-to-be inside burning home


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have charged a man with murder in the death of a 27-year-old North Carolina bride-to-be who was pulled from her burning apartment.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told local media that 28-year-old Matthew Thomas Benner was arrested near Las Vegas on Monday.

Police have not released a motive in the killing of 27-year-old Amanda Strous, who authorities say lived in the same Charlotte apartment complex as Benner.

Strous was found Saturday evening and died at a hospital. Authorities think the fire was intentionally set. She was to be married next month.

Benner is awaiting an extradition hearing. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania said on their website that Strous was a field hockey player from 2007-2010. She then was an assistant coach there as she completed her master’s degree.

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