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Four men arrested for murder in fatal Cave Junction fire

Four Cave Junction men including two brothers were arrested on murder and arson charges surrounding a rural Josephine County house fire in which a 65-year-old man was found dead.

Brothers Richard Mark Webb, 37, and Kenny Webb, 35, were arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated murder, while Justin Mason, 29, and Dakota Crow, 24, were arrested for murder in the death of 65-year-old Donald Thomas, according to a news release issued by Oregon State Police. Atop the murder charges, the four suspects also face charges of first-degree arson and first-degree burglary.

Firefighters found Thomas dead in his home following a house fire reported just after midnight the morning of Jan. 15, according to earlier news reports, and surveillance video released earlier this year of an individual apparently throwing flares from a vehicle prior to the fire.

Josephine County Jail records show that Richard Webb has been held in the jail since Oct. 20 on a separate felony charge of second-degree assault constituting domestic violence on accusations he assaulted his fiancée by pushing her into the side of a wood stove while a fire was going, according to jail records and court documents.

The three other suspects were booked into the jail Tuesday, where they’ll be held without bail.

According to court records, the Josephine County District Attorney’s office had not yet filed charges in the case as of Tuesday evening.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Richard Mark Webb is one among four suspects charged with murder and arson in the death of 65-year-old Donald Thomas. Josephine County Jail booking photo.
An Illinois Valley Fire District firefighter responds to the fatal fire at the home of 65-year-old Donald Thomas. File photo.