Woman charged with murder, arson in Mormon Slough and tent burning in Stockton
A woman was charged with murder and arson on Tuesday for allegedly starting a tent fire that killed one person and injured another in Mormon Slough this month, according to a complaint filed in county Superior Court of San Joaquín.
Erica Morales Mora has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson of an inhabited structure, the complaint states.
She was also charged with aggravated mutilation or intentionally causing “permanent disability and the disfigurement and deprivation of a limb, organ and member of the body,” the document said.
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Mora is charged with setting fire to a tent occupied by a 35-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman in Mormon Slough, near Airport Way in Stockton, on July 7, according to Stockton Police.
Both victims were treated at San Joaquin General Hospital after the fire, according to Stockton Fire Department Chief Brandon Doolan.
The complaint identifies the man, who the medical examiner’s office confirmed died of his injuries, as Miguel Hernandez, and the woman as Julia Hilderbrand.
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A police spokesperson said Mora’s motive in setting the fire may have been a relationship dispute.
“(Mora) went back and found her boyfriend with another woman, and poured gasoline on the tent and intentionally set it on fire,” officer Joseph Silva said.
Mora was denied bail and is due in court again on August 8, according to court documents.
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