A former Centralia man is facing murder charges in the 2014 fatal coal mining accident that claimed the life of a former coal miner.
Brandon McArthur, 26, was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of Kevin McArthur.
He was arrested Monday after a tip from a retired sheriff’s deputy.
A federal grand jury indicted McArthur in July, charging him with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and other charges.
The indictment said McArthur had “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly caused the death” of McArthur and his brother, Stephen, by using “a firearm, explosive or other deadly weapon.”
The McArths were working at the Mine Lake Coal Mine near the town of Centralia, Minn., when McArthur arrived with his brother and a friend on June 19, 2014, and shot McArthur as McArthur attempted to remove a ladder.
McArthur was fired from the coal mining company that he had worked for and later transferred to the St. Paul police department, the St.-Paul Pioneer Press reported.
A former Centralis High School football player, McArthur was the son of former Centralies coach Bill McArthur of the University of Minnesota.
He played quarterback for Centralia High School and the University at Buffalo.
He retired from football in 2016.
He is married and has two children.
McArths lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.