Man charged in apartment arson now charged with murder

Dallas Tullis, 24, of Cedar Rapids (Courtesy: Linn County Jail)
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- The man police accuse of intentionally setting a fire that resulted in a death is now charged with first degree murder.

Dallas Tullis was previously charged with first degree arson and assault on a police officer following the Feb. 28, 2019 incident at Hawthorne Hills Apartments in the 2200 block of C Street SW in Cedar Rapids.

Multiple people were injured during the apartment fire, including 65-year-old Steven Balvin. He died a few days later from his injuries.

Tullis had also been injured in the fire and police said he assaulted an officer and a security guard while receiving treatment at a hospital.

According to a criminal complaint, multiple witnesses told investigators Tullis had several conflicts with other tenants and management personnel in the weeks preceding the fire.

If convicted, Tullis faces up to life in prison.