Upgraded charges filed against man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire

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Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of intentionally setting fire to a home in Midtown after his girlfriend broke-up with him.

As we previously reported, Khayree Darton, 36 was charged in April with second-degree arson. The Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office filed new felony charges Wednesday in connection with the April investigation including first-degree arson, tamper or attempt to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution, and third-degree domestic assault.

According to court documents, Darton while in custody in reference to domestic assault has called the victim repeatedly trying to influence her and change her statement.

As we reported previously, on April 7 shortly after midnight in the 1600 block of S 17th St Darton is accused to intentionally setting fire to the home displacing a family of four.

“Told Darton she did not want to be in a relationship with him and started to leave the residence when Darton wanted her to stay,” said Officer Eric Powell with the St. Joseph Police Dept. “As (she) was leaving Darton said ‘that’s why I caught your house on fire.’”

Powell said the woman left the residence and returned about seven minutes later to find the house engulfed in flames.

The family was found safely evacuated.

Darton had been scheduled for a jury trial for February of 2017.  A court date on the new charges has not been set.  Darton remains behind bars in the Buchanan County Jail without bail.