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UPDATED: Tacoma husband accused in wife’s death is arraigned

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 15, 2010 at 8:04 am with 2 Comments »
March 15, 2010 1:47 pm

The 53-year-old Tacoma man accused of killing his wife, then setting their South Tacoma home on fire earlier this year made his first court appearance.

Michael Carlson was released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and booked into Pierce County Jail on Friday afternoon, according to online court and jail records. Pierce County prosecutors charged Carlson with first-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with the Jan. 3 death of his wife, 46-year-old Laura Carlson.

During Michael Carlson’s arraignment this afternoon, he pleaded not guilty to both charges. A judge ordered him held in jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Firefighters responded to the couple’s house in the 7200 block of South Lawrence Street shortly after 3 a.m. Jan. 3. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing flames engulf a trailer parked next to the home.

Fire crews found Laura Carlson dead inside the home.  She’d been shot multiple times.

Firefighters pulled Michael Carlson from the bedroom. He was seriously burned in the fire and taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

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  1. tubbytooba50 says:

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS WHOLE SCENARIO WITH MIKE AND WITH LAURA’S DEATH! I KNOW IT WON’T BRING OUR SWEET LAURA BACK, BUT THE NEWS MEDIA SHOULD TELL THE TRUTH, JUST THE FACTS, JUST THE REAL FACTS. I WAS THERE, A NEIGHBOR KID WENT INTO THE HOUSE AND MIKE WAS COMING OUT. TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE MIKE KNEW HE WAS CAUGHT AND PRETENDED TO GO ‘RESCUE LAURA’ AND THAT’S WHEN HE WAS ENGULFED AND RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR. ITS BAD ENOUGH THAT THE FIREMEN DIDN’T GO INTO THE HOUSE BEFORE THE FIRE CONSUMED THAT END. WE SHOULD LEARN AS A CONSTANT REMINDER FROM THIS, THE MEDIA LOVES TO FLOWER THE FACTS. I HOPE MIKES’ BURNS MAKE HIM SUFFER TO THE END, A JUSTIFIABLE LIFE!

  2. JennCarlson says:

    tubbytooba50, if what you say about my dad looking like he was ‘caught’ i would like to hear more. i was only told he came out ‘screaming’ and on fire.

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