Son charged after par­ents, dog die in house fire

Porterville Recorder - - STATE -

A man whose par­ents and the fam­ily dog were found dead after a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia house fire has been charged with two counts of mur­der and ar­son.

The Los An­ge­les County District At­tor­ney's Of­fice says Wed­nes­day that Ryan Venti is also charged with cru­elty to an an­i­mal.

It's un­clear whether the 33-year-old has an at­tor­ney. Ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for later Wed­nes­day.

The bod­ies of John and Linda Venti and their dog were found in a bed­room after flames were doused at the fam­ily's home in Di­a­mond Bar last Fri­day.

Ryan Venti was ar­rested Mon­day after neigh­bors called 911 to re­port see­ing him at the home.

Based on his phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say they be­lieve he has been hid­ing in the sur­round­ing hills and brush.

De­tec­tives say the mo­tive is un­clear.

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