Associated Press

A California man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson after a fatal fire at a music studio that killed two people.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says Efrem Demery is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Police said he had been arguing with 28-year-old Devaughn Carter and 30-year-old Michael Pollard hours before Saturday morning’s fire. Investigators suspect Demery filled up a gasoline container across the street from the studio and then went inside, spread the gas and lit it ablaze.

Carter and Pollard died in the fire. Two other people — a man in his 20s and a 15-year-old girl — were critically injured.

Prosecutors say they haven’t yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.

A telephone number listed for Demery rang unanswered Tuesday.

Associated Press