San Jose man suspected of killing roommate, setting fire to Cupertino house

A man was arrested Wednesday after Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies suspect he killed his roommate and set fire to the Cupertino house where they had been living.

Jimmie Leonard Hollins IV, 23, of San Jose, was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide and arson in connection with a pre-dawn fire that erupted Sept. 26 at a house in the 1000 block of Tuscany Place in Cupertino, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators suspect Hollins used a “sharp object” during an altercation that broke out between him and a roommate, said deputy Russell Davis, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Firefighters later discovered the roommate’s body while battling flames

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