UPDATE (06/09/16; 9:20 p.m.): A pre-emptory docket hearing has been set for Garrison at 8:30 a.m. on June 28, 2016, in Ray County.

 

ORRICK, Mo.– The father of the two young boys who died in December 2013 after being trapped inside a burning trailer home has been formally charged with five counts of felony, including murder.

Randy Garrison

Randy Garrison

Randy Michael Garrison, 34, has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of first-degree abandonment of a child, and first-degree arson in connection with the death of his two children, Ashton Michael Garrison, 21 months, and Roger wayne, 3. A cash-only bond is set at $250,000.

According to the probable cause statement for the original charges of two counts of child abandonment, both children were found dead inside a trailer home in Orrick. Officers had responded to the call of a structure fire at approximately 12:20 that afternoon, and the bodies were discovered after the fire had been extinguished.

In an interview with law enforcement the next day, Garrison told officers he returned home one morning from work around 6 a.m. and went to sleep as Tamara Willis, the boy’s mother was home with them. Garrison said he was awoken to his children screaming and noticed smoke and flames in his bedroom. He stated he attempted to rescue the children, but tripped over a bungee cord tied to the boys’ bedroom door.

The probable cause statement notes health examiners stated his clothes and skin showed no evidence or burns that would coincide with Garrison’s story of attempting to save the children. The statement also indicates several inconsistencies in Garrison’s original story.