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Abilene man indicted for allegedly burning down shed with robbery victim inside

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:19:46 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 11:16:55 AM CST
Martin Hererra arrest
ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene man was indicted Thursday for allegedly setting fire to a shed to cover up a robbery. A man was also found dead when the fire was put out, but a medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of death.

Martin Hererra, 47, was arrested in April. According to police, 55-year-old Bobby McLane Senior was found dead after the fire was extinguished on Russell Avenue.

Officers said both men were transients and McLane was living in the shed.

Hererra allegedly told police he shoved McLane during an argument and McLane stopped moving after he fell. After that point, police said Hererra took McLane’s belongings and then set fire to the shed to hid evidence.

According to court documents, the medical examiner also could not tell whether McLane was alive at the time of the fire.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted Hererra for two alleged counts of arson. As of Thursday, he remains in the Taylor County Jail with total bail set at $125,000.  He could face robbery charges at a later time.