A 36-year-old Lawton man is in jail on $750,000 bond after charges were filed Monday accusing him of killing his sister and mother in a November house fire.

Carl Albert Johnson Jr. made his initial appearance in Comanche County District Court where he received two counts of second-degree murder and another felony count of first-degree arson, court records indicate. The murder charges are punishable by 10 years to life in prison.

Johnson is accused of dousing the garage of 7904 SW Forest with gasoline and igniting it on Nov. 16 and of igniting a cardboard box. It caused a fire that killed his mother, Catherine Johnson, and sister, Carole, and caused him to be hospitalized, according to the charges.

Lawton Deputy Fire Marshal Michael J. Wright investigated the fire as well as conducted an interview with Carl Johnson. During his interview, Carl Johnson confessed to buying gas in a gas can the evening of Nov. 16 and to pouring the gas in the garage of 7904 SW Forest before igniting a cardboard box, causing the fire to grow, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Carole Johnson, 59, and her daughter, Cathy Johnson, 37, were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment, but later died. Carl Johnson also was transported to Oklahoma City but survived and later confessed to investigators.

Carl Johnson returns to court at 3 p.m. March 5 for his preliminary hearing conference, records indicate.

Written by Scott Rains: srains@swoknews.com.

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