Second Man Convicted for KHS Fire

Second Man Convicted for KHS Fire

There are 25 comments on the www.clevelandcountyherald.com story from Mar 18, 2009, titled Second Man Convicted for KHS Fire. In it, www.clevelandcountyherald.com reports that:

The fate of a former Kingsland firefighter who was found guilty last Thursday of being an accomplice to the 2003 fire that destroyed Kingsland High School will be decided in Judge Larry Chandler's court on court on April 14 at Rison.

A jury found Dustin Torrence, 24, of Warren, guilty of a Class Y felony arson charge last Thursday during an 11-and-one-half hour trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Rison. ...

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Since: Feb 09

Sikeston, MO

#1 Mar 18, 2009
Isn't he the same guy who used to date that Taylor girl a few years ago when he was setting those other fires? They caused alot of problems for her dad and stepmom. I heard around town that his grandparents talked her grandparents into buying them a trailer because none of their kids or grandkids were helping them. Word around town is they complain all the time about how he lives in their house with his wife and they don't do anything for the old couple. Funny how the grandfather in making him out to be a saint or something in court to save his sorry a$$.
guest

Mountain Pine, AR

#2 Mar 20, 2009
why would they do that? wasnt the guy who set the fires part of some big problems out at her grandparents place? i remember a few years ago seeing a tape where dustin and his girlfiend was part of a bunch of people who jumped her stepmom and there 2 yr old son. the whole group of them lied and her dad spent three days in jail for defending his wife and kid.
theyre the same people who have that trailer park arent they? there was some problems at a county meeting because the neighbors didnt want it but they got it anyway. heard a couple of dope dealers were living out there now. guess the neighbors were right.
MISTY

United States

#3 Dec 31, 2009
if you people get on here or ever look at this again i would like to know who you are and where you think you get your information from? i dont think any of you know anything about what you are talking about. none of you need to be posting hear say on herre and dont know what really happeded. you just like to gossip so maybe you need to find God and remember only God can judge so who are you to judge anyone, especially based on what you hear not what you know. you were not there so how do you know thats what happend. get a life and quit gossiping about others.
NotARedNeck

Nashville, TN

#4 Jan 11, 2010
God has nothing to do with it. You need to learn how to spell and puntuate, RedNeck!
MISTY wrote:
if you people get on here or ever look at this again i would like to know who you are and where you think you get your information from? i dont think any of you know anything about what you are talking about. none of you need to be posting hear say on herre and dont know what really happeded. you just like to gossip so maybe you need to find God and remember only God can judge so who are you to judge anyone, especially based on what you hear not what you know. you were not there so how do you know thats what happend. get a life and quit gossiping about others.
Sassy

Rison, AR

#5 Jan 23, 2010
guest wrote:
why would they do that? wasnt the guy who set the fires part of some big problems out at her grandparents place? i remember a few years ago seeing a tape where dustin and his girlfiend was part of a bunch of people who jumped her stepmom and there 2 yr old son. the whole group of them lied and her dad spent three days in jail for defending his wife and kid.
theyre the same people who have that trailer park arent they? there was some problems at a county meeting because the neighbors didnt want it but they got it anyway. heard a couple of dope dealers were living out there now. guess the neighbors were right.
What happened was Dustin & Tamara were visiting her dad and stepmom and Tamara's grandpa came down. Mark (Tamara's dad) got into an argument with his father and pulled a gun on him. Dustin went in between them to stop him from shooting his own dad. Bet that didn't get put on the video. Also if it was a video how come he had to spend time in jail. That should have been proof of what happened.
Sassy

Rison, AR

#6 Jan 23, 2010
What happened was Dustin & Tamara were visiting her dad & stepmom and Tamara's grandpa came down. Mark (Tamara's dad) got into an argument with his father and pulled a gun on him. Dustin went in between them to stop him from shooting his own dad (he stays into it with one of his family members all the time). Bet that didn't get put on the video. Also if it was a video how come he had to spend time in jail. That should have been proof of what happened.

Since: Sep 07

Warren, Arkansas

#7 Jan 25, 2010
Sassy wrote:
What happened was Dustin & Tamara were visiting her dad & stepmom and Tamara's grandpa came down. Mark (Tamara's dad) got into an argument with his father and pulled a gun on him. Dustin went in between them to stop him from shooting his own dad (he stays into it with one of his family members all the time). Bet that didn't get put on the video. Also if it was a video how come he had to spend time in jail. That should have been proof of what happened.
Misty Torrence, Sassy or whatever your name is today and to all you cowards hiding behind false names:

While it would be easier to do this in person and less painful for my parents who are elderly and don't need any more of your crap - you DO live next door to my parents (with Dustin's elderly grandmother who my parents graciously allowed to move a trailer onto their farm - rent free- and you are getting a free place to live while your husband is living in Tucker prison) and I and/or Renee are alaways available for a phone call - let's clear the air once and for all.

We had returned home November 7, 2002, to find out water lines had been cut. It was a Friday afternoon and our attorney got an emergency court order so we could make the repairs. Renee videotaped the work for our attorney. You weren't even in the picture then - you may have been one of Dustin's side hussies, but he was with my daughter at the time against my better judgment of what type of boy I wanted for my daughter.

While I was making the repairs, she was approached by Lamar Polland and his girlfriend, Sandy, who took offense to the video camera. Lamar and Sandy were renters on my father's property and had no reason to be involved in any family issues, unless they were doing something they didn't want videoed, which is likely.

It was Lamar and Sandy who attacked my wife while our three year old son was holding on to her leg. I did pull the gun on Lamar but my father was the one who inserted himself into the situation. Not to protect his daughter in law and grandson, but to protect their ATTACKER! Dustin, Tamara and her cousin WERE there - but standing way back by a pick up truck not saying a word.

Want to see what happened since you are too cowardly to ask us face to face? Here it is:


Yes, I spent three days in jail. I was arrested on a Friday night and a holiday weekend at that. The courts did not convene until the following Tuesday. I bonded out, the attorneys reviewed the evidence and I have never charged. This, and other court cases are a matter of public record, by the way. Lamar, Sandy and my father were arrested on assault charges that were plead out in court.

Why do I "stay into with it" with my family? In this instance my parents were upset because my wife told Tamara and Dustin not
to be screwing in our house. We found them there in the middle of the night, arriving home unexpectedly. Renee found their used rubbers in our bathroom. Tamara put them in her purse when confronted with them while Dustin said nothing. My house, my rules and they didn't like it.

Yes, there are issues now, too, because my mother asked me to eliminate a dope dealer's dog that was terrorizing the neighborhood, but that's another story.

You want to talk more, call me or better yet, wait til I come in next time.

Remember, before you start airing dirty laundry, pick up your own. And we can get into that if you wish.

You know who I am, everyone who reads this knows who I am - you cowardly little puck-ass hussy.

Since: Apr 08

Warren, Arkansas

#8 Jan 25, 2010
Sassy wrote:
What happened was Dustin & Tamara were visiting her dad & stepmom and Tamara's grandpa came down. Mark (Tamara's dad) got into an argument with his father and pulled a gun on him. Dustin went in between them to stop him from shooting his own dad (he stays into it with one of his family members all the time). Bet that didn't get put on the video. Also if it was a video how come he had to spend time in jail. That should have been proof of what happened.
Sassy,
Unless you are Dustin, Tamara, her cousin, Mark's father, Lamar Polland, Sandy or me, you were not there and you have no idea other than hearsay. And, posting this on the internet for all the world to see is shameful on your part.
However, I will not - now or ever - allow lies about Mark to be spread, no matter how painful the truth is to others. Not now, not ever. I have a notebook an inch thick of notes, court papers, more video and letters detailing that entire year of hell my family went through.
Mark already posted the details and video of the night in question. While her father was in jail, I was served with a summons charging me with harrassment by his daughter because I taped the incident and there were alot of people who did NOT want that video shown. You post confirmed why - it proves what what being said as a LIE.
The only reason - the ONLY reason - I did not pursue assault charges against Lamar and Sandy was, while we were in discussion with our attorney before court I was told Tamara would drop those charges and they would leave us alone. I dropped those charges, thinking we could live in peace - it did not happen until months later.
Now, after all these years, you want to stir it up again. To what end, I might ask? What do you wish to accomplish? My inlaws do not need this, we do not need this, not from you or anyone else. They charitably allowed Dustin's grandparents to move their trailer onto the Taylor family farm and it is not thanks they get, but more trouble.
Yes, I was the victim of this assault. I have worked hard to overcome this and move on. Our family has moved on. Mark answered your lies with truth now leave us alone.
disturbed

Sheridan, AR

#9 Feb 14, 2010
this community is so small and things get so distorted that I am glad the truth is out. Rumours can know seize and the taylor family can move on. dustin and his family have been a thorn in that families side for way too long..I know the taylors personnally and don't understand their thinking when allowing people of that kind of reputation move on their family farm..that disturbs me..they have grandchildren out there..If we turn our heads to this type of behavior only bad can become of it. I will continue to pray for Mark and Renee..for strength..Now that the truth is out..people will try to start crap..that is the way it is in this small community. there is no rest because liars lie, users will use, those who gossip will gossip and those who allow it to happen at the expense of their own family disturb me.
MISTY

Mcgehee, AR

#10 Feb 18, 2010
ECXUSE ME I DID NOT POST UNDER THE NAME SASSY AND DONT KNOW WHO THAT IS. AND I DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU ALL ON THAT DAY. I WAS ONLY COMMENTING ON THE FIRE AND YOU ALL DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED SO YOU CANNOT JUDGE HIM.
e warren

United States

#11 Mar 7, 2010
MISTY wrote:
if you people get on here or ever look at this again i would like to know who you are and where you think you get your information from? i dont think any of you know anything about what you are talking about. none of you need to be posting hear say on herre and dont know what really happeded. you just like to gossip so maybe you need to find God and remember only God can judge so who are you to judge anyone, especially based on what you hear not what you know. you were not there so how do you know thats what happend. get a life and quit gossiping about others.
Please learn to type correctly, you sound like you could possibly be slightly mentally challanged, could that be?
Judge Judy

Little Rock, AR

#12 Mar 9, 2010
MISTY wrote:
ECXUSE ME I DID NOT POST UNDER THE NAME SASSY AND DONT KNOW WHO THAT IS. AND I DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU ALL ON THAT DAY. I WAS ONLY COMMENTING ON THE FIRE AND YOU ALL DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED SO YOU CANNOT JUDGE HIM.
I don't know you, Misty, but good for you to stand by your man, but the judge and jury convicted him. I guess they can judge him. Warren likes to talk trash about people. What they don't know, they make up and spread all over town so be careful of the company you keep. They will hide the truth and lie about it if it makes them look good to everyone else and when you show they are lying they will lie some more. Some of the people there are nice to your face and will stab you in the back the first chance they get. Don't matter if you are friend, family or what as long as it makes them look good.

MISTY

Mcgehee, AR

#13 Mar 10, 2010
ACTUALLY THEY DID CONVICT HIM YES BUT NONE OF YALL WERE IN THE COURT ROOM SO YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. AND NO THE JUDGE OR NONE OF THEM CAN JUDGE HIM BECAUSE THEY DONT KNOW THE TRUTH ONLY HIM AND GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH. PLUS IF ANY OF YOU EVER BEEN QUESTIONED BY THE POLICE YOU KNOW THEY CAN TURN THINGS AROUND SO LIKE I SAID NONE OF YOU ALL WERE THERE SO YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
MISTY

Mcgehee, AR

#14 Mar 10, 2010
NO I AM NOT MENTALLY CHALLENGED. TYVM! I AM DISCOURAGED YOU PEOPLE WANT TO SIT UP HERE AND TALK ABOUT HIM FOR NO REASON AT ALL. YOU NEED TO M.Y.O.B. AND TEND TO YOUR OWN FAMILY PROBLEMS AND STAY OUT OF MINE WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW ME OR MY FAMILY,
An Insiders view

United States

#15 Mar 12, 2010
Inside an Arsonist's Mind
The truth about pyromania

PAMELA KULBARSH, RN
Crisis Intervention Contributor

A pyromaniac experiences arousal, pleasure, gratification, and/or relief when setting a fire

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Investigati... $38945

They show no remorse for harm caused to others. Most repeat psychopathic arsonists also abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and dramatically increased their usage right before the fire-setting. People with a histrionic personality disorder (HPD) want to be the center of attention. They are dramatic and theatrical and are easily influenced by others
An Insiders view

United States

#16 Mar 12, 2010
This link should work to read complete article:

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Investigati... $38945
gossipgal

Little Rock, AR

#17 Mar 13, 2010
Sassy wrote:
What happened was Dustin & Tamara were visiting her dad & stepmom and Tamara's grandpa came down. Mark (Tamara's dad) got into an argument with his father and pulled a gun on him. Dustin went in between them to stop him from shooting his own dad (he stays into it with one of his family members all the time). Bet that didn't get put on the video. Also if it was a video how come he had to spend time in jail. That should have been proof of what happened.
heard tamaras grandma and grandpa tell the same story around. wow what kind of parents would tell a lie about theyre own kid like that.let him go to jail dont even protect marks little kid and tell lies.sad way for parents to treat theyre own.
MISTY

Mcgehee, AR

#18 Mar 16, 2010
SO NO ONE WANTS TO COMMENT ON THE NEW NEWS ON THIS TRIAL HUH? LOOKS LIKE THE JUDGE MADE A MISTAKE AND HE IS COMING HOME!
Since u brought it up

Hope, AR

#19 Mar 16, 2010
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.asp...
So, what are you saying? Is he getting a new trial? Is it because of a technicality, that the judge didn't get his jury instructions right? Is it because of a question of his quilt? That he really didn't burn the Kingsland High School? Am I understanding you right that someone else could have committed the arson? Are you saying he was set up by the police? That his cofession was coerced by the police?
Since he's a repeat offender ( http://arkansasfirenews.com/news.html... ), are they really going to let him out while he is waiting for his new trial?
Your team of lawyers must have cost you a fortune.
Where is the remorse from you, him or his family for these horrible crimes?
MISTY

Mcgehee, AR

#20 Mar 16, 2010
YES I BROUGHT IT UP AND NO THE JURY DID NOT GET THEIR INSTRUCTIONS RIGHT. ALSO HE NEVER CONFESSED TO SETTING THIS FIRE. AND YES SOMEONE ELSE DONE IT NOT HIM. NO HE WAS NOT SET UP THEY JUST USED THE OTHER GUYS TESTIMONY AGAINST HIM AND THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE.

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