Authorities are still investigating the fire in D'Iberville that devastated dozens of residents. In the meantime, the woman accused of starting the blaze is now beginning her fight with the legal system. Friday, Krystal Gonzalez, the woman accused of starting the massive fire at the Arbor View Apartments in D'Iberville, waived her initial appearance in court. Herman Cox, the prosecuting attorney for Harrison County, says, "She’s charged with first degree arson, which carries a penalty of 5 to 20 years in the state penitentiary." Gonzalez, 25, is represented by Michael Crosby, joined Friday morning by Gonzalez's mother, determined to prove her daughter's innocence. Crosby says, “After two days of intensive interrogation without the benefit of an attorney, her family decided that they need to retain counsel for her and that’s why they got me involved in the case.”
According to D’Iberville Police, Gonzalez has a history of domestic disputes. A recent affidavit reveals that she had previously set her boyfriend’s clothes on fire. Cox also says, “The actions of the defendant just showed an utter disregard for the safety of the men, women, and children living in that apartment complex.” Gonzalez has no felony record and Crosby says she has cooperated with authorities, making her $2 million bond excessive. Crosby also says, “People tend to want to find a villain to make responsible for this, but sometimes things just happen and there’s no villain, and there’s no villain in this case.”
The affidavit released by D'Iberville Police states that their investigation revealed that minutes before the fire, Gonzalez contacted her boyfriend, telling him that she was destroying his belongings. Cox closes, “Based on the information, she set fire to his personal property inside the apartment, which of course led to the burning.” After D'Iberville Police finish their investigation, the District Attorney's office will seek an indictment on any and all charges against Gonzalez. The District Attorney's office is not expected to be ready to seek an indictment for at least another week.