The investigation into a Dec. 14 house fire in Foley quickly escalated after police began to suspect arson. Inside the home authorities found the body of the home’s owner, 70-year-old Thomas Burdette.
On Dec. 19, Foley police arrested two in connection with the fire, which authorities say began as a burglary but escalated into a murder. According to the Baldwin County Correction Center’s online records, Brandon Bledsoe, 33, of Elberta and Heather Raftery, 21, of Foley were arrested and charged with capital murder and burglary after investigators were tipped off to their involvement.
Police say Bledsoe confessed to the crimes and was known to the victim. Burdette died from multiple gunshot wounds from a rifle.