A St. Thomas, Ont., couple has been charged with murder in the death of Toronto comedian Jason Farro.
Daniel Belding, 29, and his wife Tina Ellis, 26, were arrested Wednesday, St. Thomas police said in a news release, and are charged with second-degree murder, arson and possession of a controlled substance.
Belding is also charged with breach of probation.
Farro, 40, was found dead Aug. 29 in the second-floor apartment where the accused lived. Farro had gone to St. Thomas to visit friends.
Firefighters were called to the scene after neighbours saw flames coming from the two-storey brick home at 70 Centre St. An autopsy later determined that Farro died of blunt force trauma.
The next court appearance by the couple is set for Nov. 9.
'Crazy' sense of humour
Farro was the father of four children and a finalist in the Yuk Yuk's Comedian Idol and the Stages Star Search competitions in Kingston, Ont.
In a YouTube video of one of his performances, Farro tells jokes about raising his kids, and strange things he noticed while travelling.
A memorial Facebook group said Farro went by the name Jmon and that he used to host a comedy series on the website blogtv.ca. The show was cancelled in 2007 and one fan started an unsuccessful petition to try to revive it. The videos are no longer on the website.
Friends and family who posted on Facebook memorials said they would remember Farro for his "crazy" sense of humour.