Man Arrested For Setting House on Fire, Kills Woman

Man Arrested For Setting House on Fire, Kills Woman

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - There's not much left of a family's home in the 700 block of N. Lincoln Street in Midland. The fire that started at 1:19 a.m. only left behind burned books, a box of pictures, and gasoline canisters. "The whole family has grown up on this block, has grown up in this house, and it just took that guy to destroy all the memories and everything this family has," Mike Vegas, the victim's nephew, said.

50-year-old Johnny Wayne Robertson was arrested after police found him under a bridge near the home. According to the report, he admitted to starting the fire and leaving, knowing that his girlfriend, 55-year-old Jennifer Sockey, was inside.

"From the story that we got, the guy beat her up unconscious and burned the house to try and get rid of the body," Vegas said.

"Stupidity. That's what I think it is, stupidity. Why, why do it? Why? You know, I guess those are answers we're never going to get," Jesus Aranda, another nephew of the victim, said.

Sockey's family says she's lived in the home for more than 20 years. They say she has three kids who live in Mississippi, which is where the funeral will be held by the Choctaw Indian Tribe.

Her family says when they saw her on Saturday, they never thought it would be the last time.

"She was a loving woman. She was a great person. I'm really going to miss my aunt," Aranda said. "She was there whenever you needed her. You called her she'll be right there for you. If you needed something, she had you."

Robertson's bond has been set at $1 million.

An account has been set up to help the family. If you would like to donate, you can go to Wells Fargo Bank under the Jennifer Sockey Memorial Fund. The account number is 9199657983.