'The b**** got what she deserved:' West Valley suspect arrested for murder, arson
(KUTV) -- Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, has been arrested for aggravated arson and murder in the first degree after allegedly starting fires and shooting a woman in West Valley City, according to a probable cause statement.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, West Valley City Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the area of 4102 W. Wendy Ave.
Upon fire crews arrival, the house was fully engulfed in flames . A vehicle was also on fire.
The homeowner of the West Valley home said he heard what he thought were gunshots, as well as an "explosion" coming from his basement as it lit on fire, according to the PC statement.
He later told police that he believed his home was targeted by the suspect.
Officials found a deceased female in the driveway of the home. The victim, Jill Robinson, was an unarmed code enforcement officer for West Valley City and was performing her duties when she was killed. According to a PC statement, it looked like the victim had been shot at least one time.
This wasn't the first time Billings and Robinson have come in contact. Robinson had previous dealings with Billings regarding code enforcement issues at his residence, the PC statement claimed.
Several witnesses told police they saw Billings pouring, what they believed to be gasoline, around the home as Robinson's body lay motionless on the ground.
A witness recalled Billings saying "After 40 years of harassment, the b**** got what she deserved."
Billings was taken into custody a short distance away from the scene.
Police searched Billings home and found an assault-style rifle, a handgun, boltcutters, a propane torch and gas containers.
Investigators found a large hole cut in the fence between the suspect's home and the victim's home.
Arson investigators one scene determined that there was no competent ignition source in the area where the fire started to indicate an accidental fire was set, according to the PC statement. Officials believe that the deck in the victim's backyard was the targeted area.
He has been arrested for aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; and arson, a second-degree felony.
Billings is being held without bail.