The Osage County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pawhuska man Wednesday afternoon on a fugitive warrant out of Kansas, where he is charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend.Thad Christopher Green, 32, is accused of killing Cameron Wawrzynaik, 35, at Wawrzynaik’s home just outside Independence, Kan.
Kansas deputies were heading to Wawrzynaik’s house to check on his welfare when, nearly simultaneously, firefighters were called to the same house about 2 a.m. Wednesday and found it completely ablaze, said Charlie Cartwright, the chief investigator for the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.
It is unclear how Wawrzynaik died; the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshal are investigating.
Green and his wife, Ramanda Ferguson, have been embroiled in a bitter divorce since 2008. The case has escalated since Green was discharged from the U.S. Army in June, and his wife has filed two protective orders since June. One, filed Wednesday, said, “He states I am his and only his.
“He writes I love you on my front door. He says he wants to die in my arms,
“He showed up last night knocking on my door. I didn’t answer. He left a package and a note stating he was going down as my lover and friend.
“My boyfriend was killed last night in a house fire. Thad has disappeared and Kansas police are tracking him. I am afraid for my children and my safety.”
In court filings, Green complained that Wawrzynaik was a felon, convicted of manslaughter in the 2008 DUI death of Kiley Jones, 24, near Hulah Lake. On Facebook, Wawrzynaik’s friends mourned him as a loving and good man who had committed a wrong then turned around his life.
The day before he died, Wawrzynaik posted a meme on Facebook that said, “Sometimes, people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures.”
Green was arrested around 2 p.m. in Pawhuska. He is being held on a fugitive warrant from Kansas, where he has been formally charged with first degree murder and arson, with bond set at $1 million.
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