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Jul 11, 2013 9:16 AM by AP

Woman faces murder charge in Gretna bakery arson

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A woman accused of igniting a deadly bakery fire in Gretna last month is facing murder charges after authorities said she torched her business in a scheme to collect insurance proceeds.

Authorities say 41-year-old Lesly Martinez, owner of Lesly's Bakery, was severely burned in a gasoline-fueled explosion that fatally injured her friend, 40-year-old Afi Marta Alvarado-Lopez.

Alvarado-Lopez received burns to 70 percent of her body and died several days after the June 21 fire.

Brant Thompson, deputy chief of the state Fire Marshal's Office, says Martinez is expected to recover and be taken into custody upon her release from the Baton Rouge General Medical Center burn unit.

He says Martinez faces counts of second-degree murder and aggravated arson.

It was unclear whether Martinez has an attorney.

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