Man charged with killing girlfriend, setting apartment on fire

Wess Arnold, 35, and Ta'Andra Hall, 38

CHICAGO — A man has been charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of a Chicago woman whose beaten body was found after a fire at her home in July.

Thirty-five-year-old Wess Arnold of Waukegan appeared in court on Friday where a judge ordered him held without bail.

Arnold is accused of killing 38-year-old mother of three Ta’Andra Hall last month in her apartment in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Her body was discovered after firefighters extinguished a fire.

The death of Hall — Arnold’s girlfriend — was ruled a homicide after an autopsy she died of multiple injuries in an assault as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.