BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — A man who intentionally set a house fire that killed an 8-year-old Battle Creek girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports (http://bcene.ws/1g23oV2 ) Jesse Tatum faces a long prison term when sentenced Jan. 6. Monday's plea came a day before trial. The 25-year-old was charged with felony murder and arson in the November 2012 death of Karrina Johnson.
Tatum told the court he poured gas on a couch on porch and set it ablaze. He said he didn't think children were at home after knocking on the door.
The girl died at a hospital after a firefighter pulled her from the burning home. Two of her siblings escaped by jumping from a second-floor window.
Officials say the fire followed an argument between Tatum and Karrina's mother.
Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com