A man accused of starting the fire that killed a
DuPage County State's Atty. Robert Berlin released additional details about the fatal fire at a news conference shortly after Todd Mandoline, 23, was ordered held without bail.
An acquaintance named Jason Cassidy, 25, was also injured and was in critical but stable condition Wednesday.
"He's fighting for his life as we speak," Berlin said.
Morgan's 6-year-old son escaped the fire without injury.
Berlin said Mandoline and Morgan had a dating relationship at some point and that Mandoline had been at the house Saturday to celebrate Morgan's birthday at a party.
He was asked to leave and was driven back to his Villa Park residence, according to Berlin.
Authorities say Mandoline walked the two miles back to Morgan's house and stood outside for several hours, trading text messages with her.
At some point, Berlin said, Mandoline "became enraged."
Mandoline shoved a piece of twisted paper into the gas tank opening of her 2003 Acura and set it on fire, Berlin said.
The car was parked in the driveway, but the flames spread to the garage and house, he said.
The prosecutor declined to say what may have angered Mandoline or why he was asked to leave the party. He also declined to release the contents of the text messages.
Based on interviews with the party-goers, police took Mandoline into custody early Sunday.
Mandoline appeared briefly before DuPage County Judge John Kinsella, who ordered him held without bond until his next appearance, which is set for Aug. 13.