Las Vegas, NV (November 17, 2021) – Authorities in Las Vegas say a man was arrested after being connected to a deadly mobile home fire in Las Vegas that killed his girlfriend on November 10.
Melynda Williams, her brother, and two other roommates all lived at the home, in addition to her boyfriend, Shyhele Coleman, who is now accused of attempting to kill all residents inside.
Police accuse Coleman of setting the house on fire and driving away in Williams’ car. He was discovered by police with that car in Carson City on Tuesday, November 16, and arrested. The family said Williams dated Coleman on and off over the span of four years following her late husband’s death in 2017.
Currently, Coleman is being charged with one count of first-degree arson, three counts of attempted murder, and three counts of willful killing of an animal. Three of the couple’s dogs also died in the fire.
Lt. Ray Spencer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department added that officers are waiting for the coroner to determine the actual cause of death before they move forward with additional charges. The three victims in the attempted murder charges include Williams’ brother, Samuel Bown, and the two other roommates inside of the home at the time.
The investigation is ongoing, and further details have not been provided.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Melynda Williams. Our thoughts go out to those affected by the fire. We hope for their full recovery.
Residential Fire Deaths in Nevada
Nearly 20 home fire fatalities were reported by authorities in the Silver State in the last year alone. Compared to the national average of almost 3 deaths and 10 injuries in 2019 per 1,000 fires, this number is grim. And though deaths and injuries from these fires, as well as other burn injuries, remain rare, they are nonetheless devastating to all involved.
Of these deaths, almost 70% occurred as a result of residential fires in Nevada, leaving homeowners vulnerable. In fact, those who sustain injuries in fires often cope with financial difficulties, long-term physical issues, and emotional trauma.
Moreover, when victims die as a result of these fires, their loved ones may be left in an unbelievably tough position. Families must often endure exorbitant medical and funerary expenses on top of grieving the sudden loss of their loved one.
Thankfully, if you’ve sustained injuries or had a loved one die in a fire, you may have legal options as you move forward. If you’ve been affected by one of these unfortunate accidents, please contact a Las Vegas burn injury attorney at your earliest convenience.
Wrongful Death Attorney in Las Vegas
With the assistance of a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Eric Roy Law Firm, you have viable legal recourse in the aftermath of a fire. At Eric Roy Law Firm, you can speak with one of our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at your earliest convenience.
Our mission is to understand your objectives and to exceed your expectations, so you can rest assured that we will deliver superior legal services in a timely and efficient manner.
In addition to scheduling a personalized session and lunch with you and yours, we will tailor our advice to match your specific needs. As a result, you can feel confident that we will help you move forward as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.
Our dedicated legal team has spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Please contact us at 702-423-3333 so that we can schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
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