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

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

The Charlotte Observer ( ) reports that 28-year-old Matthew Thomas Benner was arrested near Las Vegas on Monday in an operation that included U.S. Marshals, Nevada sheriff’s deputies and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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 inside her burning apartment Saturday evening and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities believe the fire had been intentionally set. Strous was due to be married next month.

Benner is being held in Nye County jail, awaiting an extradition hearing. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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