“62-Year-Old Woman Charged with Murder in Fire That Killed Anthony Winters”

By | July 18, 2023



A 62-year-old woman in Milwaukee has been charged with murder after allegedly intentionally starting a fire that killed a legally blind man. Merchelle Adams was charged with first-degree reckless homicide and arson of a building.

The incident occurred on July 11, when crews responded to a house fire near 29th and Bobolink. Anthony Winters, 60, was found inside the burning home and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a witness, Adams confessed to starting the fire and said, “I set the house on fire…that’s what he gets.” She also allegedly told the witness that there was a blind man inside the house.

Adams was found sitting on a rock across from the home and admitted to being inside the house when the fire started. She claimed that the incident was a result of domestic violence and that Winters had abused her. Adams admitted to starting the fire while Winters was asleep and then told him to put it out before fleeing the scene.

If convicted of both charges, Adams faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. She is currently being held on a $200,000 cash bond and will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 21.

The owner of the home stated that Winters and Adams had been renting the property for the past seven years and were in a relationship. The motive behind Adams’ alleged actions is still under investigation.

This tragic incident highlights the devastating consequences of intentional acts of violence. The loss of a life is always a tragedy, and it is essential that those responsible for such acts are held accountable for their actions. The legal process will determine Adams’ guilt or innocence, but the impact of this incident on the victim’s family and the community will be long-lasting..