Argument leads to murder charge for local man

Argument leads to murder charge for local man

An argument between two residents of Mayle Group Home on Saturday, Jan. 23, ended with one man dead and another facing four charges including aggravated murder.

According to Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams, at 5:36 p.m. on Saturday, the Great Trail Fire Department responded to a call reporting a structure fire with a possible injury at a residence in the Mayle Group Home complex located at 2103 Lilly Road NW, Minerva.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters entered the residence, located on Bellflower Road near the intersection with Lilly Road, and found a man, later identified as Scot Edward Hupp, age 58, who was severely burned. Hupp was transported to an emergency landing zone set up by the Carrollton Village Fire Department on Lemon Road, and then flown to Akron Children’s Hospital where he died at 1:12 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Arlen Allen Atkinson, age 53, whose address is listed in court records as 2101 Bellflower Road, Malvern, was present at the scene of the fire. He allegedly told investigators that after arguing with Hupp, he got a container of gasoline from a garage on the property, returned to the house, doused Hupp with gasoline, set him on fire and left him alone in an unlocked room in the house.

Atkinson was arrested at the scene and transported to the county jail.

In an appearance before Judge Gary L. Willen in Carroll County Municipal Court on Monday, Jan. 25, Atkinson was formally charged with one count of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated arson and felonious assault. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. Atkinson will be represented by Attorney Steven Kandel of the public defender’s office.

Bond was set at $2 million cash or surety. Prosecuting Attorney Steven Barnett’s motion to deny bond will be heard at a preliminary hearing to be held in Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.