Search Continues for Va. Man Wanted in Fatal Arson Fire

June 8, 2010

A Berkeley County, West Virginia woman whose body was found in a burned apartment along with her young son may have owed a suspect money, authorities said.

The search continued Tuesday for suspect Antonio Prophet, who was charged in an arrest warrant with murder. Police say the search has been expanded to include the Washington, D.C. area.

Fire crews found the bodies Sunday in Gerrardstown. The warrant identifies the victims as Angela Devonshire, 22, and her 3-year-old son, Andre White.

Results of autopsies from the state Medical Examiner's office in Charleston have yet to be released.

Prophet is believed to be from the Lorton, Va., area and had been dating Devonshire for about two weeks, sheriff's Lt. Gary Harmison said.

An officer's statement accompanying the warrant said investigators listened to a phone call in which an unidentified woman said the suspect allegedly told her he killed Devonshire and her son and that Devonshire had stolen money from him. The statement said the bodies were found in the garage below the residence and it's believed they fell through the second-floor apartment during the fire.

Investigators believe Prophet, 34, was at the residence before the fire and that it was intentionally set. The warrant indicates that the woman's throat may have been cut.

Harmison said an infant boy was found unhurt outside the home but wasn't sure how the baby got there.

A Martinsburg woman has launched a Facebook page titled "Help Find Antonio Prophet."

Prophet's business card obtained by police indicated he is the author of a paperback, "Enter The Fire: Seven Days in the Life." On his MySpace page, Prophet said the book's main character is involved in drug wars and killings.


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