Four family members charged with arson over destructive Miami residential fire

| December 7, 2018
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SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Four members of the same extended Slater family are formally charged with arson after a blaze destroyed a residence in Miami in October.

According to court records filed in Saline County Thursday, Lillian Diane McDaniel, 41; Jordan Dale McDaniel, 18; Joshua Robert Reeves, 28; and Sabrina Dawn Reeves, 20 all face a single felony count of arson in the second degree.

A probable cause statement alleges that the suspects were in contact with the unnamed victim through text messages and phone calls the day of the fire, Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Phone records and messages viewed by investigators confirmed the victim’s report that Reeves had threatened them extensively over a dispute regarding Lillian McDaniel’s boyfriend. One voicemail received by the victim and shared with authorities left by Joshua Reeves in part said “. . . your house is getting burned down in Miami tonight. Bet,” the probable cause statement alleges.

During interviews with the subjects, officers said Jordan McDaniel confessed to setting fire to the residence in Miami on October 16 along with Joshua Reeves and confirmed his mother, Lillian McDaniel and sister, Sabrina Reeves had knowledge of the crimes committed.

Joshua Reeves was reportedly evasive with investigators when questioned about his cellphone record and told officers he did not have a mobile phone, which phone records and Reeves’ accomplices later confirmed to authorities was not true.

Bond for Lillian, Sabrina and Jordan was set at $50,000 cash only each. The court set Joshua’s bond at $125,000. Future court dates are currently pending.

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Brian Lock is the News Director for KMZU News. He is a resident of Carrollton and attended the University of Missouri - Columbia.