80-year-old woman’s death in fire ruled a homicide by D.C. medical examiner’s office

The death of an 80-year-old woman, who died in a fire allegedly set by her husband has been ruled a homicide by the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office, D.C. police said Monday.

Lucille Proctor died Feb. 13 inside her three-story rowhouse in the 4600 block of 4th Street NW, in the Petworth area. The medical examiner’s office made the homicide declaration on Friday. Police charged her 76-year-old husband, Robert Proctor, with arson in the case on April 1..

Police officials said investigators are reviewing the case to determine whether additional charges will be filed against him.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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