Belleville woman accused of arson, murder after fatal fire

A Belleville, Ont., woman has been charged with second-degree murder in a months-long investigation into a fatal fire that occurred last summer, according to police.

On July 27, 2019, 35-year-old Damon Jewett was caught in a house fire on Dundas Street East in Belleville, police say.

Although Jewett was sent to hospital, he later died of injuries he sustained in the blaze.

After months of investigation, Belleville police charged 31-year-old Jessica Jeanneault-Pearson with arson and second-degree murder in relation to the fire.

She was therefore additionally charged with three counts of breaching a release order, one count of possession of meth for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Jeanneault-Pearson is currently being held in police custody.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fire to contact Det. Const. Abrams at 613-966-0882 ext. 2322 or by email at [email protected] To provide tips anonymously, contact Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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