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Affidavit: Drug dispute led to fatal Haltom City fire

HALTOM CITY -- A dispute over the cost of methamphetamine led to a fire set at an apartment complex last month that killed a tenant who wasn’t involved in the drug deal, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits released Wednesday.

The blaze was set in a second floor apartment on June 21 at the Spring Lake Apartments after a man banged on the door, yelled for the tenant to get out and kicked the door, the affidavits state. No one was there at the time, police said.

The fire killed 20-year-old Geovany Guerra, 20, who lived in a third-floor apartment, and caused $500,000 damage to one of the buildings at the complex in the 5300 block of Spring Lake Parkway, authorities said.

A week after the fire, police arrested Johnny Waller, 25, after they said he fled officers in a stolen car and then hid in a ditch in North Richland Hills. Waller and Guerra did not know each other, police said.

According to the affidavits, a tenant and his girlfriend went to Waller’s girlfriend’s house to buy methamphetamine. The tenant paid $50, but he realized he was given more than he paid for at the time, the affidavits state. The cost was about $150.

The tenant’s girlfriend told him it was fine because Waller owned her $100, according to the affidavit.

But the tenant began to receive threats from Waller and his girlfriend about the money, the affidavits state. The tenant stayed in his girlfriend’s apartment at the complex the night of the fire because he feared for his life, according to the affidavit.

The tenant was found in a locked bedroom of his girlfriend’s apartment after other tenants raced to her apartment to tell him that his apartment was on fire, the affidavits state.