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Teen accused of setting fire to ex-girlfriend's home appears in court

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

He doesn't think twice about what he says he had to do.

"I don't care if the whole house was burning, I would run straight in, even if it killed me to save them," says Daniel Parker, who was burned in Sunday's fire.

On Sunday morning Daniel Parker put out a fire underneath the crawlspace of his home. A bottle full of gasoline was intentionally set as his family was sleeping. Authorities say the person responsible was his daughter's ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old Brian Beacham.

As Beacham appeared in court for the first time facing arson, burglary and wanton endangerment charges, both families sat on opposite sides of the courtroom, listening intently as Beacham entered a not guilty plea. He was given a $50,000 cash bond by Judge Vanessa Dickson, that she said wouldn't be reduced due to the seriousness of the crime.

"I'm very happy with the outcome. $50,000 bond..that tickles me to death," says Daniel Parker.

Daniel Parker says now that Beacham remains behind bars, he and his family are doing much better. While they are slowly recovering, Parker says he already noticed a difference. They plan to be at every court hearing.

"This is the first time in a long time that I can actually let my daughter go out with her friends. My wife is sleeping all night now," says Daniel Parker.

Neither Brian Beacham nor his family wished to comment about the charges he's facing.

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