A man suspected in the Labor Day incendiary slaying of an acquaintance with whom he was living could face the death penalty if convicted.
Scott Austin Causey, 21, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated arson, first degree felonies, during Monday's court appearance. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 21, and Causey was ordered held in the Utah County jail without bail.Causey is accused of dousing 54-year-old Glen Cowden with gasoline and setting him on fire in his southeast Orem home. Cowden died about five hours after the 8:30 a.m. fire. An argument about Causey smoking cigarettes in Cowden's house preceded the fire, police say.
Residents reported hearing two explosions and a scream as Cowden came running out of the house engulfed in flames. As neighbors sprayed Cowden with a garden hose and covered him with wet sheets he told them that someone threw gas on him.