A Crossville man accused of setting a fire last November that caused his mother's death has been formally charged with first degree murder. Clayton Andrew “Andy” Swanner, 35 has been formally charged with three counts of first degree murder in the death of Cathy S. Brandenstein. Ms. Brandenstein, 61 died January 10 after spending more than two months in the intensive care unit and undergoing multiple surgeries at the University of Louisville Burn Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

On Wednesday, January 15, White County State's Attorney Denton Aud filed the murder charges through an amended criminal information.  

In Count 1, Swanner is accused of committing first degree murder “in that the defendant without lawful justification and with the intent to kill or do great bodily harm to Cathy S. Brandenstein, after a fire being started in the residence of 1101 Superior Avenue, Crossville, shoved Cathy S. Brandenstein into the fire and held Cathy S. Brandenstein in the fire, thereby causing the death of Cathy S. Brandensteuin on Jan. 10.

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