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DNA tests ID elderly victim in Purvis house fire

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Authorities have used DNA tests to identify the victim of a house fire that a Purvis man allegedly set.

The tests confirmed 76-year-old Claudette Ezell died in the May 13th fire inside her Purvis home.

Lamar County Deputy Coroner Anna Miller said the cause of Ezell's death remained under investigation.

Police arrested a suspect, 36-year-old Timothy Taylor, on murder and arson charges. Taylor was ordered held without bond at the Lamar County Jail.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said it appears Taylor and Ezell knew each other.

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