Police make arrest in death of man found inside burned SUV

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BRIDGEPORT — Police have made an arrest in the death of a Connecticut man who was shot then set on fire inside an SUV.

The Connecticut Post reports that Bridgeport police Thursday charged 62-year-old Larry Tinsley with conspiracy to commit second-degree arson in the death of 28-year-old Jason Nieves.

Firefighters responding to reports of a vehicle fire on June 7 found Nieves inside a burned-out SUV. An autopsy determined that Nieves had been shot twice before being set on fire.

Tinsley, who is homeless, is being held on $250,000 bond.

He told police he was paid $363 by another man to pour gasoline on the body but denies setting the fire. He said the other man set the fire. That man is considered a suspect and police are still investigating.