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MAN ARRAIGNED IN ARSON, FATAL BEATING OF WOMAN

James L. Ward was arraigned in Niagara County Court last week on murder and arson charges stemming from the June 14 death of Isabella "Renee" Cox in Niagara Falls.

Ward, 30, of no fixed address, is accused of beating Cox, 32, to death with a hammer in the basement of 1321 South Ave., and then setting the house on fire in an alleged attempt to cover up the crime.

Ward previously was accused of an April 5 arson in which a woman had to flee a home on Linwood Avenue in Niagara Falls after it was set afire.

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