Man arrested after teenage girl shot and left in apartment that was set on fire, police said

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Jul. 26 2021, Published 8:03 p.m. ET

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A man was charged more than a year after a teenage girl was found dead in an apartment fire in Flordia. But, police say she was shot long before the home was set ablaze.

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William Henry Cone, 29, is believed to be responsible for her death. He has been charged with murder and arson, News 4 Jax reported.

On May 29, 2020, Jacksonville police arrived at the 1000 block of West 6th Street to help the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department put out a fire at an abandoned apartment complex, according to News 4 Jax.

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The fire department found the body of Aleksandra Micic, 17, inside one of the buildings, News 4 Jax reported.

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Police released a composite sketch of Micic in hopes of identifying her body, and she was successfully identified, News 4 Jax reported.

Her death was later ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed she had been shot multiple times, according to News 4 Jax.

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After a long investigation, Cone was identified and interviewed about the crime. Police have not said what led them to identify Cone as a suspect or his relationship with the victim.

Cone was already in the Duval County Jail on unrelated charges when officers served him the murder warrant, News 4 Jax reported.

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