Marble City Man Faces Murder Charge

Following death of one of the victims

A Marble City man is being held in the Sequoyah County Jail for first degree murder after one of his victims died Thursday, Greg Cox, investigator for the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office, said.

Audrey Hernandez, 62, of Marble City and mother of Joseph Allen Hernandez, 31, was pronounced dead sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m., at a Tulsa hospital where she was life-flighted to, Wednesday, Christian Goode, investigator for the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office reported.

Goode and another member of the sheriff’s deputies, were on stand-by at the Tulsa Hospital Thursday waiting to take Hernandez into custody following his release. He was released from the hospital around 5:30 p.m. and booked into the Sequoyah County Jail around 6:30 p.m., Cox said.

In addition to murder, Hernandez is also charged with first degree arson and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. No bond has been set, according to the booking report.

Hernandez reportedly doused his mother and grandmother, 79, with gasoline and set fire to their mobile home after he tried to light a cigarette, Cox reported earlier.

Hernandez suffered minor burns according to the Marble City Police Chief and was air-evac’d along with the two victims following the incident Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. The incident occurred inside the Marble City town limits.

Goode reported the grandmother, whose identity is not being released, is currently in “critical but stable” condition.

Hernandez was released from prison on May 28 and has a history of other assault and battery, drugs, alcohol and arson-related crimes.

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