SECOND SEDALIA MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER FIRE KILLED ELDENBURG IN 2016

A second area man is facing two felony charges after a man died in a house fire last year.

A probable-cause statement filed with the Pettis County Circuit Court says the charges are in relation to the death of Matthew Eldenburg, who was located after firefighters extinguished a blaze at a residence in the 1900 block of South Grand in Sedalia on June 23. Eldenburg was located in a kitchen chair after the fire was out and transported to Bothwell Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The state fire marshal determined the fire was deliberately set and accelerants allegedly were used.

One of the suspects, Aran Cantrell, reportedly admitted to getting gasoline from the garage and pouring it on Eldenburg, whom he said was unconscious at the time. But Cantrell said the fire allegedly was set by Cody Harvey.

On August 16, 2016, detectives reportedly received an autopsy report on Eldenburg’s body, and it was noted the examiner found soot present in Eldenburg’s larynx, trachea, bronchi and within the airways in the lungs, as well as on his tongue, and said the cause of death “was inhilation of products of combustion due to a fire.”

Online court documents state Harvey has been charged with a Class A Felony for Second-Degree Murder and a Class A Felony for First-Degree Arson, Resulting in Death or Injury. Bond was set at $250,000 cash only.

A future date in Pettis County Circuit Court in Sedalia for Harvey has not been set yet.

Online documents also state Cantrell, of Sedalia, has been charged with a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder and a Class A Felony for First-Degree Arson, Resulting in Death or Injury.

His bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.

Cantrell has a hearing set for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in Pettis County Circuit Court in Sedalia.