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Flint woman enters plea in 2016 fatal house fire

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Flint woman pled no contest for charges stemming from a fatal house fire in 2016.

Erica Starkey, 41, pled no contest to three counts of second-degree murder and eight other charges stemming from the June 10 incident.

Starkey's children, 4-year-old Kayden Hull, 13-year-old Onyah Starkey, died inside the burning home. Onyah's friend, 14-year-old Brianna Beaushaw, also died inside the house.

The fire had been started by Starkey's co-defendant Rodney King, the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office said.

King pled guilty in April for his role in the fire.

Testimony revealed Starkey and King had met on the street early in the morning that day and were doing drugs and drinking alcohol at Starkey's home, the prosecutor's office said.

At some point, Starkey left King and said she was going to look for more drugs, the prosecutor's office said. When she failed to return, King set her house on fire with the kids inside.

Starkey faces a minimum of 18 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 22.

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